THE River Dee and River Spey have burst their banks with water rising onto paths and fields alongside the rivers.

Parks near Riverside Drive in Aberdeen are reportedly flooded after the River Dee burst its banks on Sunday afternoon, and the Spey sent water into nearby fields in Aberlour.

The Met Office’s amber warning for rain across Angus, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland remains in place until 3pm on Sunday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has more than 50 flood warnings in place while a severe flood warning is active for the Aviemore/Dalfaber area and a second warning has been announced for Perth.

Issuing an update at 9am on Sunday, Sepa said people should remain vigilant about the risk of flooding.

Flood duty manager Vincent Fitzsimons said: “It’s been a rough weekend across Scotland, with severe weather causing widespread travel disruption to road and rail networks and impacts in communities from Greenock to Aviemore.

“Our teams have been working around the clock with Scottish Government and the Met Office in the lead into and across this major weather event.”

He added: “Today the focus continues to turn to communities across the North, with a particular concern for severe flood impacts to communities along the Spey and Tay rivers.

“It’s a day to stay alert, not stand down. The risk to life remains.”