Hundreds of homes evacuated in Scotland’s North East

A cleanup effort is underway after torrential downpours on Friday, September 4 caused significant flooding in the north-east of Scotland. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said that the weather forecast in the coming days was improving, with no large amounts of rainfall predicted.

Over 500 homes had to be evacuated in Moray after the River Spey and River Lossie started to overflow their banks. 400 homes were also evacuated in the Elgin area and 50 more in Fochabers. Other areas affected included Aberdeen, Dyce, Lossiemouth and Rothes, where 25 homes had to be evacuated. Over 600 homes were evacuated in Morayshire.

The Grampian Police and Tayside Police advised residents not to drive unless absolutely necessary. The Northern Constabulary advised residents to travel with caution.

In some places, a month’s worth of rain had fallen in just 24 hours. About 67 millimetres of rain had fallen in Aberdeen – roughly the equivalent of an average month of rainfall. In Lossiemouth, the rainfall was 76.4 millimetres – 15mm more than the average amount every month.

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