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Met office issues amber warning for rain and flooding

Published: 28 Dec 2015 12:33

People advised to plan ahead

The Met Office has issued an Amber alert for heavy rain for large parts of Central and Southern Scotland for Tuesday, 29 December and into Wednesday 30 December.

Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, parts of Strathclyde and Tayside could be badly affected with potential for serious flooding.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

"Surface water and spray could make driving conditions difficult and there may be some localised flooding. We will have patrols on the main routes to do all they can to keep the roads running and our teams out on the network to clear drainage systems in advance of the heavy rain.

"Drivers should travel with extra care and drive to the conditions. We strongly advise all road users plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website and Twitter feed for the latest information before setting off on your journey and factor in extra time as travel may take longer than usual.

"Listen to Police advice and take conditions into account when planning your journey."

Notes to editors

For SEPA live flood updates see www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call Floodline 0345 988 1188.

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

Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report-a-Flood site http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/report-a-flood

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/

The Scottish Government's Ready Scotland website provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at www.readyscotland.org

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