A number of roads across the North-east are closed and Ballater is inaccessible this afternoon as the tail-end of Storm Frank battered the region.
The A93 between Cambus O’ May, Ballater and Braemar is closed, as well as the Banchory to Aboyne stretch.
Police are urging motorists to avoid the Deeside area unless necessary.
The Dee bridge, linking the A93, North Deeside Road and the B976, South Deeside Road is also closed, as is the pass of Ballater.
The A937 at Marykirk is also closed, a number of other local roads in the area are affected by standing water and debris and Police Scotland are urging roads users to take extra care when travelling in the area.
A number of homes in the Anderson Road, Deebank Road and Albert Road areas of Ballater have been evacuated, with residents moved to a rest centre at the Victoria Barracks, Queen’s Road, Ballater.
Angus Council has opened Brechin High School as a support centre to provide shelter and assistance to any local residents affected by flooding in the area.
The River South Esk breached at the caravan park in Eastmill Road with the result that the area requires to be evacuated for public safety.
Several properties have been affected in East Mill Road and River Street has been evacuated.
A rest centre was also set up at Montrose Sports Centre today for residents evacuated in Montrose and the surrounding area.
A flood warning has also been issued for the River Dee in Aberdeen.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “We are urging people to not travel unless necessary and observe road closure signs. Additionally, we are advising people who are going to flooded areas to take photographs to refrain from doing so as water levels are increasing and will be fast moving.
“Local officers are on the scene in a number of affected areas in Aberdeenshire working alongside other agencies in response to the flooding and would advise people to monitor updates on flood warnings and alerts.”
Aberdeenshire Council’s Duty Emergency Response Co-ordinator, Chris White, said: “We have some serious flooding in parts of Aberdeenshire, particularly around the River Dee and we are setting up rest centres as required as a place of refuge for anyone affected.
“While we continue to try to deal with specific and potential incidences of flooding, the situation is changing all the time and we are constantly monitoring the developing situation with our partners.
“We encourage people to consider their personal safety at all times, especially when near flooded watercourses and to drive to the conditions, being wary of standing and flood water.”
Neil Wilson, Head of Region North East for Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said: “Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution is working to restore power to homes and businesses in the north east of Scotland, and working closely with partner agencies to gain access to areas without power where and when it is safe to do so.
Richard Brown, SEPA’s Head of Hydrology, said: “We are seeing widespread serious flooding across a large swathe of Scotland from Dumfries and Galloway, northeast to Tayside, Angus, Speyside and south Aberdeenshire. Rivers are continuing to rise in some areas and several new record levels have been recorded. There are significant impacts across the country. The Upper Dee is particularly high and this flood will migrate downstream as the day progresses.”