The search for a woman “swept away” by the river continues

The search for a woman “swept away” by the river continues

River Don on Saturday

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

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

Police confirmed the search would continue on Saturday after being laid down overnight.

Emergency services were called to the river near Monymusk in Aberdeenshire on Friday afternoon after someone in trouble was reported.

Police said conditions were still challenging and encouraged people to stay away.

Insp Rory Campbell said: “Officials, along with colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Coastguard, have resumed the search in the area where the woman was last seen.

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

The disruption caused by heavy rain in parts of Scotland was expected to continue throughout Saturday.

An ambulance was trapped in the flood in Brechin

An ambulance was trapped in the flood in Brechin

Pascal Lardet of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland program that the flood risk was being downgraded but Friday’s weather would still have an impact.

“The situation has started to improve. All rivers have now reached their peak. But it will improve very slowly throughout the day because it will take some time for all the rain that has fallen in recent days to wash through the river systems,” he said.

However, more rain is forecast and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 3am Sunday until 3pm.

The weather agency said further heavy rain could lead to renewed flooding and disruption.

The warning affects north-east Scotland.

Clean-up efforts in affected areas are underway and community recovery centers remain open for those in need of shelter.

Traffic is still being affected and ScotRail said: “Following the extreme rains of the last few days we are working to inspect and reopen the routes that were closed yesterday as soon as possible.”

The first train from Aberdeen to Inverness was due to depart at 11:56.

At 1100 the Aberdeen–Dundee line was the only route still closed and Network Rail said it was unlikely to reopen until at least the afternoon.

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

However, the line between Dundee and Aberdeen remains closed due to flooding at several points.

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

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

On Friday evening, Justice Secretary and Chief Minister for Resilience Keith Brown chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee.

He said: “The Scottish Government’s resilience arrangements have been activated to ensure that preparations and appropriate action have been taken and we will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.

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

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