ABERDEENSHIRE villages were evacuated on Thursday night as the rivers Don and Ythan rose to record levels and burst their banks beneath a pall of heavy rain.
Scottish Fire and Rescue teams and the coastguard mounted efforts to rescue people and dozens of homes were evacuated in Inverurie, Port Elphinstone and Ellon.
Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson said the flooding was classed as a major incident due to the severity of the warnings in place and the potential for serious impact on communities.
Flooding led to travel disruption in the area with several roads closed as well as trains and flights from Aberdeen airport being cancelled.
Scottish Environment Protection Agency head of hydrology Richard Brown described the water levels as exceptional, adding: “We have had a gauging station up at Alford for the last 42 years and it has exceeded anything we have ever recorded.”
A Met Office amber warning for heavy rain has now expired but has been replaced with a yellow warning for snow and ice for much of Scotland.