Seek for girl swept into river ‘stood down’ as heavy rain batters Scotland | Scotland

Police Scotland have “stood down” searches for a lady who was swept into the River Don close to Inverurie in Aberdeenshire on Friday as heavy rain continued to batter a lot of jap Scotland.

The drive mentioned in a press release late on Friday night: “Round 3.05pm on Friday, November 18, police had been known as to the River Don close to to Monymusk following a report of concern for a lady within the water.

“Police and emergency companies attended and searches had been carried out. Following assessments of the river circumstances, the search has been stood down for the night. Police inquiries are ongoing.”

The lady is believed to have been making an attempt to rescue a canine.

The coastguard additionally confirmed that they had paused their search to proceed with different duties.

Faculties have closed, roads had been left impassable and rail journeys severely disrupted as heavy rain drenched elements of Scotland.

Elsewhere within the UK, rivers burst their banks, typically trapping drivers, after the torrential downpours on Thursday.

Relaxation centres have been opened in some elements of Aberdeenshire after flood warnings had been escalated to extreme.

The north-east of Scotland has been battered by heavy rain and flooding, with Aberdeenshire council warning individuals to take steps to guard their properties. Highway maps of closures resulting from floods have been circulated and relaxation centres will open in Ballater, Aboyne, Inverurie and Kemnay for these needing assist and who’re unable to remain of their houses.

Aberdeenshire council warned that river ranges will peak afterward Friday. Sandbag factors have additionally been positioned across the area to guard from flood waters.

Energy cuts are additionally affecting Inverurie, Kintore, Stonehaven, Portlethen and Hatton of Fintray amongst different areas, with experiences of broadband web being down. There has additionally been localised flooding in some elements of Edinburgh, with photos exhibiting the Crewe Toll roundabout within the west of town submerged underneath water.

The Met Workplace has mentioned greater than a month’s price of rain had fallen in Charr, Aberdeenshire in a single day with the full recorded as 140mm.

A yellow warning from Kelso within the Borders up the east coast of Scotland to Banff was additionally in place on Friday. It had been resulting from expire at 6pm however was prolonged to midnight as a result of the rainfall was slower to ease than predicted.

In Angus, all faculties in Brechin, Montrose and Kirriemuir had been closed resulting from localised flooding in addition to greater than a dozen others.

Practice journeys throughout a lot of jap Scotland have additionally been disrupted. The east coast mainline between Montrose and Laurencekirk is closed resulting from flooding on the road and no trains are at present working between Dundee and Aberdeen; Aberdeen and Inverness; Perth and Inverness; or Inverness and Wick.

The Scottish Atmosphere Safety Company (Sepa) on Friday had in place 5 extreme flood warnings, 28 flood warnings and 9 flood alerts.

Vincent Fitzsimons, flood obligation supervisor, mentioned: “Heavy and protracted rain in a single day has led to important will increase in river ranges throughout the east of Scotland.

“We’ve got seen virtually a month’s price of rain in some elements already this week and we predict across the similar once more over the course of Friday and Saturday in elements of north-east Scotland.

“The best danger is to riverside communities in elements of Aberdeenshire and Angus, with extreme flood warnings already issued.

“The worst impacts will happen between early Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. We’re working 24/7 with the Met Workplace and with info from Sepa’s gauge community to overview the flood predictions for these communities and others. It will proceed till the chance is over.

“Sepa is working with emergency response companions within the areas most in danger to assist them put together and to focus assist to these communities who want it most.”

The disruption got here after a band of rain hit the south-west coast of England on Wednesday night earlier than travelling north-east over two days, accompanied by cooler temperatures in a change to the earlier unseasonably heat climate.

In England, which was hit by torrential rain on Thursday, there have been 9 flood warnings in place and 69 flood alerts. The warnings included the River Ouse at York, which broke its banks on Friday morning.

Within the village of Alfriston in East Sussex, a refuse lorry and its crew had been trapped by a severely flooded street.

Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and Doncaster had been amongst locations in England going through journey disruptions to rail networks, metro strains, roads and bus companies.

Stephen Dixon, a spokesperson for the Met Workplace, mentioned the rain would slowly peter out by Friday night however temperatures would drop in a single day, as little as -4C in Northern Eire. Saturday was anticipated to be clear, adopted by extra rain on Sunday.

“That units up what is de facto the theme of the following week, which is sustained moist and windy climate for a lot of the UK,” he mentioned.

PA Media contributed to this report