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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Flood Recovery Underway

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Impact of heavy rainfall across the country.

A clean-up operation is underway following heavy rainfall and flooding across parts of Scotland.

Several severe weather warnings were issued for the North East by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on Friday, with a month’s rain falling in some areas and record high river flows.

These were downgraded as the situation improved; however, several flood warnings remain with a yellow weather warning in place for a large part of eastern Scotland.

People who lost power during the flooding events have had it restored and a normal rail service has resumed.

Local resilience partners on the ground continue to support communities.

Over the weekend, Network Rail has continued to check routes to get them back to normal.

Advice remains to check with your operator to see if your service is affected.

Some roads remain impacted by flooding and drivers should pay attention to the conditions at hand. 

Traffic Scotland provides regular updates on the trunk road network and Police Scotland continues to warn of possible disruption.

The Scottish Government’s resilience arrangements remain activated to ensure appropriate measures are in place.

Justice Secretary and lead Minister for resilience Keith Brown said:

“This was a serious flood event similar in magnitude to 2016’s Storm Frank, causing significant disruption in some parts of the country.

“As the clean-up gets underway, I want to thank local resilience partners and the emergency services for their ongoing work to ensure those communities most affected are kept safe, and urgently get the support they need.

“We still have flood warnings in place so please take extra care if you are out and about and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water.

‘The conditions continue to cause some disruption to the transport network – so it’s important people plan their journeys before they set off – particularly if they are looking to use the trunk roads or travel by rail.

“We remain in close contact with resilience partners, local authorities and the emergency services to ensure people in the affected areas receive the latest information, advice and support where needed.”

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Flood Duty Manager, said:

“Across Sunday and into next week we’ll see intermittent showers as the clear-up continues. 

‘Recent days have shown real resilience from families, communities, businesses and partners across the country with how they responded. 

Localised surface water flooding of land and transport routes remains possible. 

“Take extra care, sign up for SEPA’s free Floodline service and don’t attempt to walk or drive through flood water.”

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