Residents of Inverurie and Kintore are on high-alert tonight after being issued with a severe flood warning.
Sepa issued the warning for five communities across the north-east, warning water levels could reach – if not exceed – those seen during Storm Frank in late 2015 and early 2016.
Inverurie was one of the worst-hit by Storm Frank, with the deluge flooding 130 homes and 16 businesses in Inverurie, Port Elphinstone and Kintore.
Davidson Park was also left under water when the River Don burst its banks.
Today the river has already left many fields and low-lying properties flooded.
A massive search operation was also launched following reports a person was swept away by the river near Monymusk. It has since been stood down for the night.
In Kintore, efforts were being made to pump water away from houses while in Inverurie, businesses were preparing to offer shelter to anyone who needs to evacuate overnight.
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Aberdeenshire Council contacted the Elgin Kintore Arms Hotel on Inverurie’s High Street on Friday to inquire about setting some rooms aside for potential evacuees.
Receptionist Rob Baker said they would do what they can to help struggling locals.
He said: “We have had one or two locals wanting to park their cars round the back because they are worried about it.
“Someone from the council phoned and asked if we had any rooms available. We have got some rooms for them.
“We don’t have rooms for everyone but we have some rooms for them.”
The business is one of several in the Grampian area providing rest centres and support to residents facing hardship.
Officials at Norwood Hall Hotel in Garthdee say they are happy to provide shelter and hot beverages to those affected, meanwhile, Kemnay Academy and Inverurie Community Campus will be open for anyone unable to stay in their home.
Flood barriers deployed amidst rising water levels
In Kemnay, just five miles south-west of Inverurie, pumps have been set up along local flood barriers to help prevent widespread flooding.
The measures were put in place on Thursday evening amidst concerns about rising water levels.
A spokesman from Kembhill Park Flood Group said: “The temporary watergate flood barrier was deployed last evening after 10.30pm. Water level has continued to rise throughout the day.
“Water has now reached one section of the barrier. Pumps have been set up in case they are needed.”