The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has released a statement warning residents of the north-east to be prepared for “Significant flooding ” today.
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Heavy rain during Thursday may lead to severe flooding in parts of Aberdeenshire.
Particularly at risk are the rivers Don and Deveron and the rivers in the north east of the area.
Levels are likely to peak during the night (early Friday). There may be extensive property flooding, severe disruption to travel and damage to infrastructure.
Other parts of the area are also at risk of significant flooding.
Flood warning’s are in effect for Ballater, Marykirk, Kintore and Inverurie.
A SEPA statement said: “Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.”
Meanwhile Towie School and nursery is closing due to flooding with parents being asked to collect their children.
Flood gates have been closed on the River Carron in Stonehaven.
The town was badly hit by flooding in 2013 and flood planning has been and remains a major issue in the town.
Charity Shelter Scotland has set up an emergency housing advice helpline for those affected by flooding in Aberdeenshire.