Flooding: useful information

Over the past ten days, during the flood emergency, we have been posting useful information on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Kintore/. But some of that information has now dropped off the main page with the volume of posts.

We’ll continue to use Facebook for the latest news on the flooding clean-up. But, on this page we’ve collated some of the useful information below that may no longer be easily found on the Facebook page.

Over the next few days someone from Kintore and District Community Council will be visiting premises in Kintore that have been flooded to find out about what remains to be done and what assistance may be needed.

Kintore flooding

Aberdeenshire Council - general flood relief matters
If you have been flooded and need someone to speak to at Aberdeenshire Council contact:
Jill Sowden
Community Planning Officer
Tel: 01467 628338
Mobile 07979 708799

Aberdeenshire Council - disposal of flood damaged materials
If you need to speak to the council about disposal of furniture, or materials damaged by the flood, please speak to:
Nom Wright,
Community Waste Officer - Garioch, Souterford Depot,
Souterford Road, Inverurie, AB51 0TP
Tel: 01467 627360
Mob: 07836 766444

(Apparently there are no skips left in North East Scotland, but more are being sourced.)

Advice from Aberdeenshire Council about dealing with aftermath of flood damage
Aberdeenshire Council have issued the following advice on dealing with the aftermath of flood damage.

Scottish Government Flood Relief Fund
Aberdeenshire Council are currently working with the Scottish Government to put in place a mechanism for distributing this fund. However those who want to apply for a grant can now email floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk in the first instance.

Please include your full name and/or business name, your full postal address and a daytime contact number. Aberdeenshire Council will then contact you as soon as the fund is up and running.

Royal mail is offering free mail redirection for three months for folks displaced by flooding . Apply via the Post Office giving full details an iD and the usual fee. Royal Mail will refund as soon as flooding is confirmed for the address. If no ID documents are available due to being lost in flooding apply direct to Royal Mail on 03457 740 740

We hear that BT are suspending charges for people who have been flooded out of their homes. Contact BT. If you are with another supplier it is certainly worth speaking to them.

Council Tax
If you have been flooded our of your house, contact Aberdeenshire Council about your council tax.

Scottish Flood Forum: useful information
For useful information during the clear-up contact the Scottish Flood Forum. They have good advice and information for you to read online or download. A good place to start is by downloading this leaflet (pdf 550k).

Recovering after a flood
The following websites may provide you with useful advice when cleaning up after a flood:

Advice on cleaning up after a flood and the precautions you should take. www.nidirect.gov.uk/after-a-flood-clearing-up

PDF booklet from Environment Agency ‘What to do before, during and after a flood’ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403213/LIT_5216.pdf

Recovering your business safely after a flood http://www.hse.gov.uk/business/recovering-your-business.htm

Clear up sandbags
A word from the wise at a recent flood response meeting: don’t be tempted to leave sandbags out after the immediate flooding danger has gone. The sandbag itself, or the stitching, will deteriorate and you will be left with burst sandbags and a piles of sand to clear up!

  • During the flooding crisis it was clear that a lot of people were thinking about us. The Kintore Facebook page following grew to 2,700. Its post engagement (those who like, comment or share) rose to an amazing 33,000 and the post reach topped 150,000.
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