January 8, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM - The River Don reaches record levels and has already burst its bank in places with another three inches of rain expected before 8am on Friday morning.
More communities are expected to wake up to flood misery in the morning as further parts of Scotland reach saturation point .
The River Don in Aberdeenshire has hit its highest level on record and is expected to burst its banks in several places tonight - threatening even more properties after days of heavy rainfall brought devastation for many.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Met Office have warned of another three inches of rain expected before 8am on Friday morning.
Police Scotland said it is dealing with a "major incident" across the north-east as two severe warnings of potential danger to life are issued for Kintore and Inverurie, along with 37 more flood warnings across the country.
Parts of Grandholm in Aberdeen are on evacuation alert tonight as experts monitor river levels and a rest centre has been set up at Bridge of Don Academy.
Rest centres have also been set up at Inverurie Academy, Kintore Community Hall, and Mackie Academy in Stonehaven, where flood barriers have been erected amid fears the River Carron will burst its banks overnight. Other areas at risk include Maryculter, Brechin and Ballater .
Aberdeenshire Council said both the Deveron and Banff Bridges may have to be closed as road conditions throughout the area are changing rapidly.
More than 20 Aberdeenshire schools will be closed or partially closed on Friday due to the severe weather.
The A90 has been reduced to one lane each way at Stracathro and is severely flooded at Brechin while railway lines are now impassable between Aberdeen and Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverurie and Aberdeen and Inverness.
In Huntly residents at The Meadows Care Home were evacuated as a precaution as river levels rose.
Roads across the north-east were flooded and closed while ScotRail warned of major disruption on the Glasgow to Inverness and Edinburgh to Inverness lines caused by flooding.
Meanwhile, dozens of flights were redirected at Aberdeen Airport tonight after heavy rain caused a hole to open up on the runway.
Arrivals were cancelled from around 5pm and departing flights were significantly affected after the runway had to be shortened.
An airport spokeswoman said the problem was expected to be fixed overnight but urged passengers to check flight details with airlines. In parts of Aberdeenshire children were sent home early from school as transport routes were swamped by heavy rain.
Local councillor Geva Blackett said: "We've been praying for an end to it for a week and our prayers aren't being answered - it's bring on the ark."
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: "The situation in Kintore and Inverurie and along the River Don in particular is extremely serious, with severe flood warnings now in place. The impact of this latest round of flooding is causing transport difficulties and putting properties at risk of flooding.
"The Scottish Government's resilience committee is monitoring the situation very closely and we have discussed the unfolding events and work to mitigate the impacts and ensure the safety of people in local communities.
"People in affected areas should keep a close eye on the latest information from SEPA and Traffic Scotland and take heed of the warnings that are issued.
"We will continue to work with responders and ensure they have the support they need to manage the developing situation this evening."
A SEPA spokesman said river levels were expected to peak early Friday morning.
He said: "Particular concern is focused on flood prone areas close to the River Don and River Deveron, which could potentially see severe flooding impacts. Other areas at risk of significant flooding impacts today include the River Isla, the lower Tay and Angus rivers."
Police in the north east have warned people top avoid travelling by road tonight.
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They tweeted: "Please don't travel by car tonight. Folk are getting trapped in their cars in flooded areas. Check weather reports overnight and in the am."
Snow has meanwhile been falling in the Keith and Huntly areas. The latest weather warnings come as the cost of cleaning up after storms Desmond, Eva and Frank north of the border has been estimated at £700million.
Storm Desmond hit the country at the start of December bringing gales of more than 112 mph in places.
It was followed by Eva which brought wind, rain and flood warnings across Christmas.
But it was Frank, which hit before Hogmanay, which brought the most chaos to Scotland causing flooding in many parts.
Audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers calculated our massive £700m storm bill by estimating the effect on the economy.
They say insurance losses were between £175m and £300m and smaller businesses not covered will have to fork out between £35,000 and £100,000 each.
Closing businesses early, power outages, encountering road closures that delay or halt deliveries as well as employees taking time off for childcare issues were all factored in to the economic loss. - Scottish Daily Record.