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More rain expected

Published: 6 Jan 2016 15:48

Communities urged to stay alert to further flooding risk.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has encouraged people to continue checking local forecasts as an amber warning for rain has been issued.

The Scottish Government's resilience committee has met to discuss the latest warnings. The main focus was on the amber alert for Perthshire, Angus and South Aberdeenshire where the rain will fall into already swollen rivers and saturated land.

Dr McLeod said:

"Across parts of Scotland communities are working together to begin to recover from the impact of Storm Frank. As the clear-up continues, further rain is forecast with an amber warning for Thursday in Perthshire, Angus and South Aberdeenshire.

"These are some of the areas most affected by Storm Frank, with rivers swollen and saturated land making the situation more difficult. I encourage people to monitor weather and flood forecasts closely and take appropriate precautions wherever possible.

"The Scottish Government resilience committee has met again today to help co-ordinate and support local efforts to prepare for this additional rain and we will continue to monitor the situation carefully."

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

"With more heavy rain forecast for the coming days disruption to transport in the affected areas is likely and people should plan their travel carefully.

"As well as the wet conditions, there is the possibility of snow on the higher routes and our trunk road operating companies will be gritting and patrolling these routes where required.

"People should check all of the available information on travel operators' websites and Twitter feeds before they set-off on their journeys. For trunk roads, Traffic Scotland will have the very latest updates on conditions."

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/

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.