Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, faced severe flooding after high tides and stormy conditions on 10 February 2024. The police issued a “risk to life warning” and closed off the seafront and harbor due to the flooding, urging people to avoid the area. The Coastguard and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to assist with flooding at properties in the town.
Residents were seen putting sandbags outside their properties as shale and rock from the beach were forced onto the promenade and nearby roads by rising tides. Walkways and fencing near the harbor were also damaged.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued a flood warning over the weekend, stating that low-lying land, roads, and properties along the coast in Stonehaven were expected to be affected by flooding from the sea. The agency warned of wave overtopping around Cowie Promenade and a risk of flooding from waves and spray overtopping to low-lying areas of the coast.
Images shared by the local authority showed debris scattered around areas near the seafront. Sepa attributed the flooding to a combination of high tides and prevailing weather conditions. They urged people to avoid the area and warned of the risk of flooding from waves and spray overtopping to low-lying areas of the coast until Sunday morning.