Resilience committee meet as rain continues to fall

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The Scottish Government Resilience committee met yesterday (Sunday), as areas across the country continue to face persistent rain.

Flood warnings remain in place across Angus, and further rain is forecast with an amber weather warning in place until 11.55pm tonight (Monday).

The resilience committee meeting attended by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Transport Minister Derek Mackay, Environment Minister Aileen McLeod and Community Safety Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “People will be returning to work in the coming days and all services are working together to make sure the unusually high levels of rain that we are seeing cause as little disruption as possible.

“The Scottish Government’s resilience committee remains in constant contact with the emergency services and relevant agencies as we continue to support affected communities and businesses.

“On the transport network, the main issue continues to be the West Coast and Highland mainlines and the rail industry is doing all it can to get these operational again following Storm Frank. While the repairs are being carried out diversionary rail routes and shuttle bus services will continue to be used. All of the latest information is available on the rail operators’ websites and Twitter feeds and those intending to use these routes should factor longer journey times into their plans.

“On the trunk roads, our operating companies remain alert to the conditions and we are monitoring the network from our control centre in South Queensferry. Traffic Scotland continues to be the go-to source for information about the trunk road network and will have the latest on real-time conditions.

“Although the current conditions are not as serious as Storm Frank, all of our partners are vigilant to the on-going risks. Help is at hand for those affected, and I would encourage anyone concerned to stay safe, monitor SEPA’s Floodline website and sign up to receive Floodline warnings to their phone.”

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA Hydrology Duty Manager said: “Persistent rain has been predominantly affecting the north-east of the country since Friday night. Rivers have been rising since Saturday and flood warnings have been issued. It’s important to note that the rain is less intense but more prolonged than during storm Frank. This means that rivers will rise more slowly but then stay high for much longer - from Sunday through till Tuesday. The peak for most areas will be on Sunday night and Monday morning.

“The main focus of concern is for river levels around the North East. We’re keeping a particularly close eye on river levels around Kintore-Inverurie, Brechin and Aberdeen, but also on communities throughout the northeast, the Borders and Caithness. As always, we are working closely with partner organisations to give local authorities the latest information in areas where river banks and defences have been damaged by Storm Frank, for example in Ballater. In addition, strong winds along the East coast means that the public need to take care from wave impacts particularly in Aberdeenshire, Caithness, and the Northern Isles.”

Flood warnings are currently in place for Logie Mill and Craigo, Kinnaird/Bridge of Dun, Finavon and Tannadice and Brechin. Meanwhile, the Met Office has issues yellow weather warnings for rain on Tuesday and Thursday.

To keep up-to-date on flood warnings visit http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/.

For weather warning updates, visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/.