Storm Frank

Homes in Royal Deeside were evacuated yesterday (WED) as Storm Frank proved it had a sting in its tail.

Flood alerts were issued for the villages of Marykirk, Ballater and Aboyne as high winds and lashing rain raised the level of the River Dee to dangerous levels.

Amongst the worst affected area was the village of Ballater, which is famed for weather anomalies.

The Clunie Water – a tributary of the Dee which runs through the centre of the village – threatened properties as water levels rose throughout the morning.


And the main route out of the village, the A93 Ballater-Braemar, was closed by police after several HGVs got stuck due to large amounts of water on the road.

Residents at Ballater Caravan Park were reported to have contacted the emergency services over flooding fears.

Firefighters were called out to help people out of their homes around 8:45am, with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) sending one appliance to the scene.