Environment Minister urges vigilance as warnings issued for east coast

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As further flood warnings are issued for the east coast of Scotland, Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse is urging members of the public to remain vigilant.

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for Sunday afternoon / evening for rain in South West Scotland moving into the central belt. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) currently has 19 Flood Alerts and 22 Flood Warnings in place across Scotland, including the Firth of Forth and the Tay.

 

Agencies and the emergency services continue to watch events closely and stand ready to respond, as and when required.

A further meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Room (SGoRR), the 12th meeting since Christmas Eve, was chaired by Mr Wheelhouse earlier today.

Mr Wheelhouse, who visited the Police Scotland Communications Centre yesterday to see activity in response to the severe weather, said:

“Scotland’s agencies are continuing to work hard to provide a co-ordinated response to these difficult conditions and I’d like to pay tribute to the dedicated efforts of everyone involved.

“After the excellent efforts of the responders on the west coast, now services across the east are ready to react swiftly to minimise the impact of flooding.

“Keeping up-to-date with the latest information is crucial to communities vulnerable to flooding. I’d encourage everyone to regularly check with the SEPA Floodline website for updates and warnings. If you sign up – you can also receive Floodline warnings directly to your mobile phone.”

People who need to travel are being encouraged to plan their journey carefully and take heed of any advice.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“The advice, as always, is to prepare in advance for any travel. People should drive to the conditions, adhere to Police advice and allow extra time for any journeys they are planning to make. I would urge anyone making a journey to check relevant websites such as Traffic Scotland for up to date travel information.

“We are in regular contact with the Met Office, Police Scotland, operating companies and Network Rail as well as the ferry operators and will continue to monitor weather events to ensure the maximum response to any incidents that arise.”

For more advice and guidance: http://www.sepa.org.uk/flooding or via Floodline 0845 9881188