Flooding in Aberdeen

The River Dee burst its banks in Aberdeen last night. According to locals we know around here this has never happened before. I went to have a look this morning but the water level has gone down already. However there were signs of flooding along Riverside Drive where there are great swathes of sand.



There are not many residential homes along this road but one block of flats was evacuated to a nearby hotel last night. There are also a few businesses affected and I saw people cleaning up the mess this morning.

The river also entered Duthie Park, flooding the car park and one of the playgrounds. The car park is still flooded this morning even though it is no longer connected to the river.




This is the model boating pond at Duthie Park which could probably accommodate full-size boats now.


Things are worse inland of Aberdeen. The River Dee starts in the Cairngorms and winds its way through villages before reaching the sea at Aberdeen harbour. The Dee passes through Ballater which has been hit quite badly. Ben pointed out that for us it’s just another natural disaster and, as such, makes him feel at home 🙂

It’s Elizabeth’s birthday today. She was born on New Year’s Eve 6 years ago. It was a very easy birth which only took a couple of hours. There was no pain – thank you epidural – and no tearing or any complications whatsoever. I went home from hospital 3 hours after her birth.

We’re having a party for her this afternoon and sent out 12 invitations but only 7 people replied. Does that mean the other 5 are not coming? We’re hoping that’s the case.

I let her choose a cake from the Australian Women’s Weekly Kids’ Birthday Cakes book, an iconic book in Australia and one I can remember admiring when I was a child. Thankfully she chose a fairly easy cake. Here’s my attempt. It’s supposed to be an island and the upside down cone is the volcano:


Happy New Year everyone!

14 Replies to “Flooding in Aberdeen”

  1. Oh no! Flooding sucks. My last encounter with floods is when I was a 7 or 8.

    Elizabeth’s is pretty good birth time. Happy birthday to her. And glad that she did not trouble you much while coming into this world 😀
    Her cake looks cool too.

    Thanks for the new year wishes. You too have a great new year eve. We just returned from awesome fireworks at Sky Tower, our annual new year eve ritual.

    1. Happy New year Chait! I hope this is a good year for you. I bet the fireworks from the Sky Tower were fantastic.

    1. It was a great present. She was two weeks overdue though so she wasn’t supposed to arrive on New Year’s Eve.

  2. Have a great New Year, remember in Scotland folk may just pop in any time on Hogmanay. Shame about all the floods, even though we’re less than 100 miles away it’s not been too bad here.

  3. Happy New Year to the Rachel clan and happy birthday to Elizabeth! The Dee River has made quite a mess but at least it was a sandy mess.

    You did pretty well with Elizabeth’s cake. I like that you included a couple of sandy beaches on that desert isle. Looking forward to hearing about the birthday party. 🙂

  4. I love the choice of cake, and that is a brilliant volcano. Sad to hear about the flooding, both locally, and on a bigger scale, all this funny weather.

    1. The weather is pretty crazy. It’s so warm up here. We’ve hardly had any frosts yet this year.

  5. a tropical looking cake must be just the thing for some southern hemisphere folks stuck in a dreary northern winter- happy new year rachel

    1. I was surprised when she chose this particular cake. Maybe she’s longing for the tropics?

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