Thursday, 22 October 2009
This is the River Don at its normal level. In early September there was a very wet day which brought the river to high levels, but that was nothing compared to the flood which has resulted from two days of persistent heavy rain.
This is taken from the same bridge. It's a frightening torrent of brown water, with uprooted trees hurtling downstream.
The surrounding fields and parkland are totally inundated
And the new bridge at Montgarrie is getting a serious test.
All over the region, roads have been washed out and cars stranded. Tragically, it seems that a farmer trying to get to some stranded cows at Kintore near Aberdeen has been swept away from his tractor, which was submerged in the burst River Don. It's a sobering reminder of the potential power of the river.