Storms batter North East

Several roads have been flooded locally due to the overnight thunderstorms.

I have seen reports of flooding on the underpass beneath the A92 at the Findon junction, the road surface blown on Berrymuir Road in Portlethen outside the care home, flooding at the Asda roundabout, and a landslip beside Murray Road in Newtonhill (pictured). The local roads inspector is now on site, and they are looking to temporarily close the road until they can ensure it is safe for vehicles to pass.

The Netherley Road was treacherous as was the road between the Cookney and Lairhillock roads – past the wheel arches of a 4×4 in places.

Portlethen Academy is closed today to all pupils and staff due to water damage. An official message has been sent to all. Lairhillock School is also closed today.

Newtonhill School is open to P6 and P7 children as planned. The Newtonhill Out-Of-School Club however has closed due to flooding in the Bettridge Centre. Tesco Newtonhill was closed due to flooding, and has now reopened.

Portlethen Primary School and Nursery was closed to pupils today due to internal water supply failure. Banchory Devenick School and Hillside School were also closed. Fishermoss School’s opening was delayed due to flooding on roads with a 10am start, and 10:10am for P1.

Household recycling centres are closed at Stonehaven and Laurencekirk. Redcloak is closed due to flooding. Bookings have been cancelled and customers should rebook for another day. (The Badentoy centre in Portlethen is closed on Wednesdays every week so has not been affected).

Waste collections are unaffected at time of writing. This may change as the day progresses. Waste colleagues have been redeployed to the Roads Service to assist with flood prevention.

By SEPA’s calculation a full month’s worth of rain fell in two hours.

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