Roanheads devastated by massive waves

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has stated there does not appear to be a risk of secondary flooding at Peterhead this afternoon.

Around 15 properties at Roanheads have suffered the most severe damage.

There is also significant structural damage to some factories at both the North and South Bases.

Affected properties have been boarded up and most evacuees from this morning were taken in by family and friends, everyone has been accommodated.

Electricity and gas supplies are down in the affected area, but efforts are being made to get them back up and running.

A council sopkesperson said: “This situation is being closely monitored and efforts will begin to assess the damage once the flood risk has dissipated.”

Residents from the Roanheads area had to be evacuated in the night as waves pounded houses - smashing through windows and porches and destroying cars.

Around 30 people have either gone to stay with friends and family while accommodation is being provided at the Palace Hotel for others.

The emergency services and Aberdeenshire Council are working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to keep the situation under constant review.

The emergency response is being managed by the Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group, made up of a number of organisations including Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, SEPA and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Scottish Southern Energy are on site desperately battling to regain power though we understand a sub-station has been badly flooded and damaged.

Commenting on the overnight flooding in the North-east, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said: “Local emergency services moved quickly to deal with the aftermath of the flooding, which was caused by unusually high tides and high winds, in Stonehaven and Peterhead.

“Emergency staff are also monitoring the situation at Lossiemouth. They have all demonstrated the utmost  professionalism in the face of very challenging weather conditions.

 “Local residents affected by the floods have been moved to safety and offered support. I want to express my sympathy for their ordeal.”