Page last updated at 15:42 GMT, Thursday, 22 October 2009 16:42 UK

Tractor man missing after floods

Search/Pic: Ken McEwan
An RAF helicopter was called in to help the search. [Pic: Ken McEwan]

An air, underwater and land search was launched after an elderly man in a tractor was swept into an Aberdeenshire river during flooding.

A police diver unit was called to the River Don at the Don Bridge in Kintore, along with coastguard, ambulance and fire crews on Thursday morning.

However, the rising water level forced the search to be stood down in the afternoon on safety grounds.

An RAF rescue helicopter was also called in to look for the man.

The tractor was swept away during flooding

The tractor was found by the divers, but the whereabouts of the missing man was unclear.

The helicopter was searching the local area, as well as several miles downstream towards Aberdeen.

Grampian Police said relatives were being kept informed.

The incident happened as police warned of traffic disruption across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

Work has been going on throughout the night and day to clear flooded areas.

The B974 was closed in the Banchory area and there were problems on the A93. Routes around Aberdeen Airport were also affected.

Flooded road
The water badly affected roads all across the region

Grampian Police said other routes badly affected included the B9170 between Oldmeldrum and Inverurie, the A93 between Drumoak and Peterculter, the Kingswells to Cults road, the A944 Hazlehead to Westhill road, and Great Southern Road southbound in Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire Council said the worst affected areas for roads and properties had been Laurencekirk, Fettercairn, Stonehaven, Elrick, Pitmedden, Stuartfield and Potterton. Some sandbags had to be delivered.

Aberdeen City Council warned that its roads staff were being placed in danger by motorists driving past them at speed.

The volume of water has slowed efforts to clear roads.

Meanwhile, a lorry containing cattle overturned at the Inveramsay bridge north of Inverurie on the A96.

The driver received treatment and a vet was called to the scene to assess the animals.

Do you have pictures of problems caused by the overnight flooding? Send them to the BBC news website Click hereto send an email.

If you want to send your picture from your mobile phone, email them to You can send them from any network or phone. Please send the large full size images (usually 640x480 pixels) taken by the mobiles otherwise they are too small to publish.

Please ensure when filming or photographing an incident that you make your safety and the safety of others a priority.

If you submit an image, you do so in accordance with the BBC's Terms and Conditions.

In contributing to BBC News Online you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)

It's important to note, however, that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to BBC News Online. This means you are perfectly free to take what you have produced and re-publish it somewhere else. Please note that if your image is accepted, we will publish your name alongside it on the BBC News website. The BBC cannot guarantee that all pictures will be published and we reserve the right to edit your comments.

Print Sponsor

Your pictures: North east flooding
22 Oct 09 |  Scotland
Ferry four hurt in rough weather
22 Oct 09 |  North East/N Isles
Flooding costs approaching 2.5m
13 Oct 09 |  North East/N Isles
Flood plan challenged at inquiry
23 Sep 09 |  North East/N Isles
Prince visits flooding victims
14 Sep 09 |  North East/N Isles
Floods remain as downpour ends
04 Sep 09 |  Scotland


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific