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Torrential rain sparks ‘danger to life’ Severe Flood Warning for Aviemore/Dalfaber to Grantown from SEPA

By Scott Maclennan

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Large parts of the north are at risk of flooding.
Large parts of the north are at risk of flooding.

SEPA’s highest level of alert – Severe Flood Warning – is in force for an area running from just outside Aviemore to the New Spey Bridge.

It indicates there is a “danger to life” from very high water levels on the Spey and is the only one of its kind issued across the country.

The warning stated that low lying properties and access roads in areas around Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge “along the Spey Valley from Aviemore to Grantown are expected to flood.”

It comes after a weekend of heavy rain fell across much of Scotland with conditions set to deteriorate over night and into Sunday before easing off later in the day.

The severe weather led to travel disruption, cancelled trains, mud slides and serious warnings that conditions are not just autumn rains.

In all 17 other areas across the Highlands are also at risk after SEPA issued its Flood Warnings and three other areas received Flood Alerts to keep residents informed..

Regarding the Severe Flood Warning, the environmental agency said: “Heavy and persistent rainfall overnight and through Saturday may lead to flooding. Very high levels are forecast for the River Spey during Saturday and into Sunday.

“Low lying properties and access roads along the Spey Valley from Aviemore to Grantown are expected to flood, including in the areas around Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge.

“Routes may be impassable and extensive flooding to low lying land in the valley is expected. Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.”

The areas affected by Flood Warnings are (click the links for local detail on each area):

Caithness and Sutherland:

  • Strath Oykel
  • Strath Carron

Easter Ross and Great Glen:

  • Strathglass
  • Moy Bridge

Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside:

  • Rothes (River Spey)
  • Spey Dam to Newtonmore
  • Sluggan to Dulnain Bridge
  • Newtonmore to Kingussie
  • Nairn Side (Cawdor)
  • Kingussie to Kincraig
  • Kincraig to Inverdruie
  • Grantown to Aberlour
  • Spey Viaduct to Spey Bay
  • Boat O'Brig to Spey Viaduct
  • Aberlour, Craigellachie and Dandaleith
  • Dallas to Doual Bridge

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