Elgin’s new landmark Landshut Bridge, built as an integral part of the £86million flood alleviation scheme, was closed this evening as parts of the River Lossie burst its banks.
At the end of a dramatic day throughout Moray in which several areas were affected by flooding – which also saw around 200 homes in Elgin evacuated – concern remained over the rising water on the River Lossie and River Findhorn at Broom of Moy.
Earlier this evening police confirmed that the unclassified road between the B9135 and B9102 near RAF Lossiemouth had been closed (the route that passes Duffus Castle).
Police also halted traffic from crossing the new Landshut bridge when it became apparent that the river was bursting its banks in the area.
Meanwhile many families evacuated from their homes in Elgin faced the prospect of spending the night at temporary accommodation in Elgin High School.
A statement from the local authority said: “The level of the River Lossie remained extremely high despite peaking around 5pm and the situation was continuing to be closely monitored.
“Moray Council identified around 200 households most at risk from flooding and began evacuating families around lunchtime.
“Most of the homes evacuated were in the South Lesmurdie and Kingsmills areas.
“Many of the families opted to move in with family and friends while others decided to stay in their homes. However around 50 people from 20 households were taken to a rest centre at Elgin High School.
“Some were expected to stay in the rest centre overnight while attempts were being made to find alternative accommodation for others.”