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Ministers discuss storm Frank response

Published: 30 Dec 2015 21:11

Public urged to continue checking local situation and advice.

Local teams across Scotland are continuing to respond to a number of significant flooding events, with Ministers discussing the situation in a further resilience meeting this evening.

The impact of Storm Frank is being felt in many communities, with 12 flood alerts, 74 flood warnings and two severe flood warnings in place.

The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and portfolio Ministers have been updated on the work of local response teams, including efforts to clear affected roads, restore power supplies and keep people safe by evacuating them from their homes.

While the worst of the weather is now over, a number of rivers have yet to peak and efforts are focussed on managing on-going flooding and transport issues. Ministers have urged the public to check with councils, SEPA and Traffic Scotland for the latest information in local areas and take necessary precautions as advised by local responders.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said:

"Local resilience teams across Scotland are working tirelessly to manage the impacts of the heavy rainfall that has resulted in significant flooding in local areas and I thank them for all their on-going hard work and efforts. Of course, our thoughts and sympathies are with all those whose homes and livelihoods are being directly impacted, for example through being evacuated from their homes.

"Communities are still seeing significant impacts and, although the worst of the weather is over river levels in some areas have yet to peak and we will continue to see localised flooding. I encourage people in affected areas to check with SEPA and Traffic Scotland for the latest position, particularly before they attempt to travel.

"The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and other relevant Ministers have been updated on the on-going situation and will continue to offer their support to local resilience teams as they work to deal with the impact of the flooding."

Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, said:

"There have been challenging conditions across our transport infrastructure today and many local areas continue to feel those impacts. Our resilience teams are working closely with partners and agencies to keep our transport networks operational.

"With river levels still to peak in some areas, it is important the public check local conditions in their area by taking advice from Traffic Scotland or Police Scotland before they start their journey and drive with extra care while the challenging conditions continue."

Notes to editors

The Scottish Government's resilience arrangements are now running 24/7 and will provide Ministers with regular updates.

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/

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

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

Members of the public can also contact the Scottish Flood Forum, a charitable organisation funded by the Scottish Government that provides support for and represents those who are affected by or are at risk of flooding http://www.scottishfloodforum.org or call 01698 839021.