Floods Special: Relief as families return home and water levels fall

Flood picture is becoming clearer (Chris Milne)

There is a collective sigh of relief sounding in Moray this morning as brighter skies greet people on their way to work and evacuated families to their homes.

The Met Office say that there are no longer any weather warnings in the region – however, SEPA has not yet withdrawn its alert as the water level on rivers remains dangerously high.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 15deg in Moray today, with further steady increases expected towards the end of the week.

Travel issues are expected to continue today with Scotrail saying that line problems are not yet fully resolved on the Inverness to Aberdeen route through Moray. Some roads also remain affected by floodwater although the main Fochabers to Buckie road has reopened this morning.

With the water levels on the River Lossie now starting to fall, families evacuated from their homes in Elgin have been able to return.

While a small number of the 50 people from 20 households spent the evening at the emergency centre in Elgin High School, by the late evening most returned to their homes with only a small number remaining in B&B accommodation overnight.

A spokesman for Moray Council said this morning: “The River Lossie remains high and is continuing to be monitored but the risk of flooding has abated.

“Elgin’s flood alleviation scheme, although only partially completed, ensured that the town escaped a repeat of the devastating floods of 1997, 2002 and 2009.”

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