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Flood warnings issued

Published: 27 Jan 2016 15:02

Environment Minister urges vigilance in response to flooding.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has encouraged people to continue checking local forecasts as two severe flood warnings for Hawick and Jedburgh have been issued.

As the wintery weather conditions continue, Dr McLeod is urging members of the public to remain alert to the threat of flooding.

She said:

"We have seen some areas of very localised flooding in Scotland today as a result of persistent and heavy rain overnight. As the clear-up from recent rainfall continues, further rain is forecast with severe flood warnings in the Borders.

"The Scottish Government is continuing to work with local authorities and the emergency services to coordinate a multi-agency response and ensure that people and businesses are fully prepared for possible flooding. Scottish Borders Council has taken steps to prepare for possible flooding, and has opened emergency rest centres in Hawick and Jedburgh.

"I would encourage everyone to monitor SEPA's Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to receive Floodline warnings direct to their phone."

Notes to editors

To sign up for free local Flood Warnings and regional Alerts, or for more information and advice on preparing for flooding, use SEPA's Floodline site www.floodlinescotland.org.uk or call Floodline 0345 988 1188

The full alerts, including the Chief Forecaster's Assessment and a map showing the areas included in the alerts, are available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

For real time journey information visit www.trafficscotland.org , follow @trafficscotland on Twitter or call 0800 028 14 14