FABIANI CALLS FOR VIGILANCE AFTER HEAVY RAIN

 Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has called for vigilance after the recent spell of heavy rain.

Linda said “The recent adverse weather is a reminder to us all of the effects bad weather can have on our day to day lives.

“I would urge East Kilbride residents to remain vigilant and listen to the advice from police before embarking on journeys.

“I would also ask residents to be mindful of vulnerable neighbours who may not be able to get out and about during bad weather.”

Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown has thanked communities, operating companies and the emergency services across Scotland for their efforts in dealing with the impact of flooding and travel disruption, and is urging them to stay vigilant.

Much of central, west and southern Scotland has been severely affected by torrential rain and gale force winds this week.

Transport Scotland’s Multi Agency Response Team – involving the police, road operating companies, rail industry representatives and the Met Office – is again fully operational to co-ordinate activity.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, Finance Secretary John Swinney, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Education Secretary Michael Russell and Mr Brown attended a meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience committee (SGoRR) to discuss the latest weather situation and the impact of industrial action on essential services.

Mr Brown said “We know from past experience and again this week that floods can cause severe damage to property. There are measures people can take to protect themselves and their property and to minimise any potential impact. Although the severe weather has abated in most areas today, there is more heavy rain on the horizon and absolutely no room for complacency.

“I have been in close contact with the emergency services and agencies in those areas most severely affected, and want to pay tribute to their efforts to date. I would however urge the public to continue to check the latest travel advice before making further journeys.”

Stewart Prodger from SEPA’s Flood Unit said ” Many river catchments in central and southern Scotland have seen significant rainfall over the past week leading to saturated ground conditions and high river and loch levels.

“SEPA continues to monitor the situation closely and would urge people to remain vigilant and use Floodline 0845 988 1188 (http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates) to keep informed of the latest flooding predictions.”

 

Background

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 now places a duty on SEPA to provide flood warning in Scotland. Operational flood forecasting and warning is carried out by SEPA area teams on a local basis. The public can access flood warning information via the Floodline service by telephone or on the internet. 

The Scottish Government has provided £560,000 to help SEPA and the MET Office establish a Scottish Flood Forecasting Service (SFFS).  This closer working will result in better flood forecasting and warning information being made available to the public, and represents a step change in the delivery of flood warning in Scotland.  The service went live in March 2011 with Floodline Direct Warning Service where people receive direct updates via email or text.

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