Angus residents evacuated after floods advised not to return home until after assessments

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Residents who have been evacuated as a result of flooding are being advised not to return home until an assessment can take place.

Households in Brechin were evacuated last night after the River South Esk breached at the caravan park in Eastmill Road.

Several properties in Eastmill Road were also affected.

The river also overtopped next to the Brechin Leisure Centre at about 5pm yesterday and people living River Street were also evacuated.

Water levels were expected to peak between 8 and 9pm last night.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Displaced householders and their families in Brechin are advised not to return to their homes before the council has carried out a full assessment of the river South Esk area.

“This is due to take place on Thursday morning.

“People should also seek assurances from their utilities providers that it is safe to return home.

“River levels are receding but remain high and will take some time to drop to a safe level.”

With residents who were displaced by yesterday’s floods finding other accommodation, the rest centres at Montrose and Brechin closed last night.

Montrose Sports Centre re-opened again at 8am this morning (Thursday, December 31) for any residents who were evacuated and require further assistance.

Brechin High School is not scheduled to re-open.

Angus Council, the emergency services and other partners continued to monitor the situation overnight.

Anyone who requires further information or assistance in the area should contact the ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 from 8am, or can attend at Brechin ACCESS Office, Bank Street from 9am.