Aberdeenshire Council Flood Bulletin 2

Aberdeenshire Council has issued the following Flood Bulletin with updates for residents and businesses affected by the floods last month.

Grants Update
Scottish Government Grant Fund (update)
Aberdeenshire Council has now made over 500 grant payments (452 to householders and 53 to businesses) across Aberdeenshire from the Scottish Government Grant Fund. Work continues on other submitted applications but the council encourages affected residents who have not yet claimed to do so. To claim use this link https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme/.

Foundation Scotland – Flood Recovery Fund - grants up to £1000 are available
Foundation Scotland have doubled the amount available for North East flood victims through grants. Individuals affected by flooding at the end of December and early January can now get up to £1,000 to help restore their homes. 
Groups or charities that are supporting victims can also receive up to £5,000.

Financial support is available to:
  • individuals or families who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the recent flooding.
  • voluntary and community groups who are providing immediate relief to people, will be providing longer term community rebuilding projects or have experienced significant structural and or flood damage. This assistance is entirely separate to the schemes announced by the Scottish Government.

Further information on the Foundation Scotland Flood Recovery Appeal can be found on their website https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/flood-recovery-appeal/apply-for-funding/ or contact the Grants Team on 0141 341 4960 or email grants@foundationscotland.org.uk



Inverurie Round Table
Inverurie Round Table have set up a ‘just giving’ page if you want to make a donation at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/InverurieRoundTable

If you want to request financial assistance from the Round Table either contact them through the Round Table Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InverurieRT/ or by emailing inveruriert@hotmail.co.uk

Drop-in Sessions
Scottish Flood Forum

Paul Hendy from the Scottish Flood Forum will be continuing to run an advice drop in centre on Thursday 11th February and Thursday 18th February as follows:

9am – 12noon: Kemnay Village Hall, 8 Aquithie Rd, Kemnay, AB51 5SS.
1pm - 4pm: Port Elphinstone Community House, 1 Pinewood House, Elphinstone Road, AB51 3UX
5.30pm - 8pm: Kintore Bothie, Allendale Gardens, Kintore, AB51 0UT

This is an opportunity for residents from anywhere in Garioch who were affected by flooding to get expert advice and support regarding insurance claims, drying out properties, property repairs and any other questions related to flooding and its impacts.  Paul can also be contacted by phone 07747702299 (if he is unable to answer send a text with your number and he will call you back) or email paul@scottishfloodforum.org

Health and Safety Executive
Steven Donaldson of the Health and Safety Executive will also be at the above venues at the stated times on Thursday 11 February 2016 (but not Thursday 18th) offering advice to residents and businesses on how to choose, and work with, a builder.

Infrastructure

Keithhall Road
On Thursday 8th January 2016, the bund on Keithhall Road was breached and damaged during the extensive flooding, heavy machines were mobilised and the bund was repaired over the weekend. Landscape works may need to be undertaken during the appropriate planting season.

Port Elphinstone and Uryside
On Friday 9th January 2016, engineers undertook extensive surveys to establish and record the actual flood heights. These levels are used to validate and calibrate any future flood modelling work. It provides a useful baseline of accurate data. Similar work is also being undertaken in Kintore and Kemnay.

Officers are investigating the breaches to the existing bunds around Davidson Fields, adjacent to Riverside Park. A design is currently being developed and quotes being sought from local contractors.

Work taking place to inspect and repair bridges damaged by Storm Frank across Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire Council is conducting a major programme to inspect and repair bridges following the floods in December 2015 and the first weeks of January.

River crossings from the North Esk stretching from the south and the Cairngorms National Park, to the Ythan in Ellon and Newburgh, to the Ugie up to Peterhead are being assessed and action taken to make repairs.

Bridge inspections are continuing but have been hampered by high water levels in all the watercourses.

For the bigger bridges with deeper water generally including several bridges over the River Don, divers are to be brought in to assist with the inspection of bridge support foundations which are normally under water.

Work has already commenced to repair damage that has been identified to date.

Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland and the Scottish Flooding Forum are inviting anyone who has been affected by flooding to participate in a short survey. If you have been affected please take 5 minutes to complete this survey.
http://www.cas.org.uk/news/have-you-been-affected-flooding

Public Meetings
The Garioch Area Manager is organising meetings with the residents of areas in Garioch which were affected by flooding in order to listen to the issues and gather their priorities to include in the Aberdeenshire Strategic Flood Recovery Plan.

Other Useful Information
Please note the Legion is no longer being used as a Flood Relief Distribution Centre.

Garioch Area Office email: Garioch@aberdeenshire.gov.uk telephone: 01467 628200

Housing assistance: 03456 081203 (open 24hrs)

Council tax: 03456 081201

Benefits: 03456 081200

Social Care line: 03456 081206 (24 hours)

Roads: 03456 081205

Wasteline: 03456 081207

Environmental Health Line: 03457 081207 (24 hours)

Magpie Inverurie: 01467 268087

Police: 101 or 999

SEPA Floodline 0345 988 1188
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