What a difference a day makes. Following the deluge delivered by Storm Frank yesterday there is an improved picture across Angus and the Mearns today.
Roads that were affected by floodwater were again open to traffic, albeit drivers are urged take care and drive according to conditions, with some roads still retaining surface water and the temperature having taken a dip to near freezing.
Our reporter Nikki Mitchell had the amazing opportunity to go up in a helicopter to see the affect Storm Frank has had on the area and catch a glimpse of the spectacular view of our towns and villages from the sky.
The electric blue Robinson R44 Raven 1 was piloted by Roy Napier of Napier Helicopters at Rossie.
The B957 at Justinhaugh remains closed with Scottish Water working in the area, while the minor (U424) road to Dalbrack in Glen Esk was closed due to a wall collapse.
Checks were also made to unclassified roads at Haughs of Kinnaird and Bridge of Dun, but no problems were anticipated with water levels receding overnight and SEPA lifting all flood warnings for the Angus area.
A Met Office yellow warning has also been issued for snow and ice over Hogmanay and New Year’s Day for much of Scotland.
An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Our staff were also out in force in those areas affected by Wednesday’s flooding to assess the ongoing situation and identify any issues.
“Brechin residents, evacuated as the River South Esk reached peak levels, were advised that the council’s detailed assessment of the river area and its defences, which are currently under-construction, had indicated they could return home.
“However, householders were told they should first check with their service providers that it is safe to do so.
“Staff will remain in the area to carry out further work over the coming days.”
Angus Council’s Strategic Director of Resources Mark Armstrong added: “Our thanks go to those members of the public who contacted us with offers of help, as well as food, clothing, blankets and other items.
“Thanks too to Tesco in Forfar for the generous donation of sweets they made to displaced families at the Brechin rest centre.
“The support both offered and given was very much appreciated.
“Angus council staff, along with our emergency service partners, other agencies and volunteers, worked long hours in challenging conditions to help those who felt the greatest impact of Storm Frank.
“That support continues today and our thoughts very much remain with those worst affected by what was a very significant weather event.”
The rest centre at Montrose re-opened on Thursday morning to offer facilities to displaced residents and is now no longer required.
Anyone requiring advice or assistance should call Angus Council’s ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.