Search resumes for woman who was “drowned” by the river

The River Don on Saturday after bursting its banks the day before

The search for a woman believed to have fallen into the River Don during Friday’s weather warning has resumed.

Police have confirmed that the search will continue on Saturday after it was called off overnight.

Emergency services were called to the river near Monymusk in Aberdeenshire on Friday afternoon after reports of someone in difficulty.

Police said conditions remained difficult and encouraged people to stay away.

Inspector Rory Campbell said: “Officers, along with colleagues from Fire and Rescue Scotland and the Coastguard, have re-launched searches in the area where the woman was last seen.

“Conditions are difficult and dangerous and I am appealing to the public to stay away from flooded areas. Please be careful when out and about.”

Disruption from heavy rain in parts of Scotland is expected to continue throughout Saturday.

An ambulance was trapped in flood waters in Brechin

An ambulance was trapped in flood waters in Brechin

Pascal Lardet from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) told BBC radio’s Good Morning Scotland program that the risk of flooding would be down but there would be a residual impact from Friday’s weather.

“The situation is starting to improve. All the rivers have now crested. But it will improve very slowly during the day because it will take time to wash all the rain that has fallen in the last few days into the rivers,” he said. .

However, more rain is forecast and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 03:00 on Sunday until 15:00.

The weather authority said further heavy rain could cause further flooding and disruption.

The warning covers north-east Scotland.

The clean-up operation in the affected areas is ongoing and community rest centers remain open for those who need somewhere to shelter.

Services are still affected and ScotRail said: “Following the extreme rainfall over the last few days, we are working to inspect and reopen the services that were closed yesterday as quickly as we can.”

It said the first train to run from Aberdeen to Inverness was due to leave at 11:56.

By 11am, the Aberdeen – Dundee line was the only route remaining closed and Network Rail said it was unlikely to reopen until at least mid-afternoon.

Repairs to the East Coast Main Line – which closed on Friday afternoon – meant cross-border services could resume on Saturday.

However, the line between Dundee and Aberdeen remains closed due to flooding in several locations.

The Met Office lifted its yellow weather alert at 9pm on Friday after disruption left many roads impassable.

Traffic Scotland said there were restrictions on the M9 westbound between junctions 2 and 3 due to flooding.

On Friday night, Justice Secretary and Chief Resilience Minister Keith Brown chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government’s resilience committee.

He said: “Scottish Government resilience arrangements have been activated to ensure preparations and appropriate measures are in place and we will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.

“We are in close contact with resilience partners, local authorities and emergency services to ensure people in affected areas receive the latest information, advice and support where needed.”

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