The persistent spell of rain across Moray has resulted in widespread instances of surface water on roads, causing transport problems. Several schools have been close today due to flooding on entry roads.
The river levels in Forres plateaued this morning, and levels on the Lossie peaked at the same time. The footbridge over the River Lossie at the rear of the Moray Leisure Centre is to be closed due to surface water on one side making it impassable.
In Dallas, where the council’s flood alleviation measures have been completed to design levels, the road was flooded and impassable, but no properties succumbed to water ingress.
Flood alleviation schemes elsewhere have performed as expected and no properties have been affected.
However, the Spey is continuing to rise and flooding in Garmouth is likely. Moray Council has already despatched pallets of sandbags to the village. The road to Spey Bay is expected to be closed shortly due to surface water rendering it impassable. Tides in the Moray Firth are not affecting this situation.
Roads worse affected are:
A95 Keith – Banff road just out of Keith – this is also closed within Aberdeenshire
B9018 – Keith to Cullen road – several sections under water
B9104 – Fochabers – Spey Bay to be closed in case Spey breaks its banks
U132H – Slatequarry road – minor landslip affecting the road
B9010 – Elgin - Dallas road near Cloddoch – travel not advised
Miltonduff area, travel also not advised due to water levels
Rain is forecast to stop at noon. The council’s roads teams are out across the area responding to a variety of calls concerning debris and water on roads.
The recent weather is similar to that experienced by Moray in 2014 in the wake of Hurricane Bertha although fortunately the impact of the event this time is not as severe.
The council’s housing needs team are also on standby should any emergency accommodation be required. Contact number for both these is 01343 543451.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
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