Sepa issues 19 flood warnings across Scotland as heavy rain continues

Sepa has issued 19 flood warnings across Scotland as heavy rain continues to cause problems.

A further 10 flood alerts have also been issued by the agency.

Areas likely to be affected by flooding include Kintore in Aberdeenshire, Arbroath and Brechin in Angus and large parts of Tayside.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings across southern parts of Grampian, parts of Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife and south-west Scotland and Borders.

A spokesman said: “Outbreaks of rain will spread across Scotland on Monday. While not expected to be as heavy as over the last few days, it may be rather heavy and persistent at times.

“This may add to the risk of further flooding over still saturated ground in some parts and the public should be aware it could bring more disruption to travel. The rain should gradually clear eastern Scotland in the evening.”

Traffic Scotland was warning motorists that roads across the country could be affected by the adverse weather.

In Aberdeenshire the B977 Fintray-Kintore road is closed in both directions due to flooding.

Farther south the A713 is closed due to flooding at Crossmichael.

Scotrail was warning of “severe disruption” on its Wick-Inverness service due to a landslip.

A spokesman said: “Owing to a landslip between Helmsdale and Wick all lines are closed.

“Train services between Inverness and Wick may be cancelled, delayed or terminated at and started back from Helmsdale at short notice.”

Western Isles ferry operator Calmac was also warning of disruption to four of its services including the Mallaig-Eigg-Muck-Rum-Canna route.

Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government is continuing to work closely with Transport Scotland, local authorities, the emergency services, power companies and bodies such as Scottish Water to manage the impact on Scotland’s transport network and infrastructure and to ensure the clean-up operation is progressed as quickly as possible.

"As the last of people’s journeys home for Christmas get underway, we aim to keep Scotland moving. That is why our road operating companies stand ready to deal with any emergency pothole, clearance and landscaping work that needs to be undertaken at short notice. Rail and bus partners are also providing us with up-to-the minute information to ensure we can help people get home in time for festivities.

“Our strong advice is for anyone travelling over the next couple of days to plan their journeys carefully, using all the available information from Traffic Scotland website, Sepa’s floodline, local radio and public transport operators. And for those who are driving, please be alert to the risk of standing water around the next corner or on minor roads and exercise due caution.”

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