BREAKING: New Moray flood alerts issued by SEPA amid Storm Babet
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SEPA has escalated the level of threat faced by Moray from Storm Babet floods.
Properties in Kingston, Garmouth and Rothes are among those now at heightened risk, the agency said, as two Moray areas were stepped up from a regional "flood alert" to more serious local "flood warnings".
The warnings were issued at 4.30pm today for Boat O'Brig to the Spey Viaduct, and from the Spey Viaduct to Spey Bay.
According to SEPA, the Spey will rise "slowly but steadily overnight" due to Storm Babet – possibly impacting homes, agricultural land and roads.
The warning for the Spey Viaduct to Spey Bay section said: "Lowing lying areas are at risk of flooding from the Spey Viaduct to Spey Bay.
"Low lying properties and roads in Kingston and Garmouth are also at risk, including the B9015 Kingston Road.
"Flooding problems may be worse in these areas around high tide.
"The next high tide is at 03.47 AM."
And, warning of the river along the Boat O'Brig to Spey Viaduct section, SEPA warned: "Agricultural land is at risk of flooding along the Spey Valley from Rothes to the Spey Viaduct.
"Low lying properties and roads are also at risk of flooding."
Alongside the warnings, the environment agency urged those in affected areas to: "Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property."
Residents were also encouraged to access more advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188, or through SEPA's quick dial flooding information numbers.
Boat O'Brig to Spey Viaduct's Floodline quick dial number is 22310.
Spey Viaduct to Spey Bay's Floodline quick dial number is 22325.