Almost the entire north-east coast is covered by a newly launched flood warning scheme.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced the measure with flooding expected to impact more people in the coming years.
New flood warning areas, launched yesterday, will extend the SEPA Floodline service to include almost the whole of the east coast of Scotland.
It will cover Inverallochy to St Combs, St Fergus Gas Terminal, Peterhead to Boddam, Port Errol to Newburgh, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Inverbervie to Tangleha and Montrose.
SEPA, which is the country’s national authority for flood forecasting and warning, operates a 24-hour flood forecasting and warning service to inform first responders, local authorities and emergency services of emerging flood events and the potential impact on local communities and critical infrastructure.
The service, operated all year round, issues more than 300 flood alerts and 400 flood warnings annually via Floodline directly to 26,944 customers nationwide.
Councillor Sarah Dickinson, who represents the Stonehaven area, said: “I am pleased Stonehaven is included among the new flood warning schemes for the north-east coast.
“The Stonehaven community understands only too well the damage flood events can cause to livelihoods, properties and wellbeing.
“Warning of flood risk which can help to ensure every possible action is taken to protect and minimise those devastating impacts is very welcome.“
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside councillor Wendy Agnew said she had mixed feelings about the scheme.
She said: “It depends because the last SEPA flood map had areas which had never flooded, and because of that, insurance premiums went up. Maybe this new map will readjust things.”
The new scheme will cover an additional 2,589 properties and provide accurate, advanced warning to prepare communities against the impact of coastal flood events.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We have committed £420 million over 10 years to protect homes in many of Scotland’s most flood-prone communities, in places like Orkney and the north-east of Scotland.
“We know that we can’t control the weather, but we can change how we respond to it.”
In the face of rising sea levels and the promise of more frequent extreme weather events, the impact of climate change on Scotland’s most flood-prone communities is projected to place over 169,000 homes and businesses at risk of flooding by 2080.