POLICE have today issued advice to people ahead of further bad weather hitting the North-east today and tonight.
A number of roads are already closed and the Met Office and SEPA are warning that river levels will continue to rise overnight.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “We continue to work with a number of agencies to prepare for further bad weather in addition to supporting the recovery from Storm Frank.
“It is vital that motorists adhere to road closure signs as these are there to protect the public.
“A number of roads have suffered structural damage and ignoring the closures is reckless and irresponsible and puts you at risk as well as the emergency services.
“We are also advising the public to stay away from flooded areas and river banks as water levels are expected to rise again as the rain continues over the next few days. River banks are also likely to be unstable due to the high levels of water and continued rain.
“Officers remain in Braemar and Crathie and the public are advised to speak to them or attend at the police station in Braemar if they need the emergency services.”
The following roads are closed:
B976 South Deeside Road at Inchmarnoch between Ballater and Dinnet
B977 Fintray to Kintore
A937 at Marykirk
A93 Ballater to Braemar due to the closure of the Invercauld Bridge (there is no access from Tomintoul into Braemar)
A93 one mile east of Crathie due to the road being washed away (alternative route between Ballater and Crathie via B976 South Deeside Road)
Mill of Steirn to Ballater long term closure due to damage
B9077 South Deeside Road between Leggart Terrace and the junction with the B979
B976 between Strachan and Feughside Inn
B974 Banchory to Fettercairn.
In addition to the closures, the A944 Alford to Dunecht road has been hit by flooding around a mile from Sauchen towards Alford, however it remains passable with care.
The North Deeside Road is also has issues with standing water, particularly between Dinnet and Banchory. Police are urging drivers to drive with care.