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People in Highland Perthshire asked to Prepare for Flooding

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The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency issued a flood warning for the next week, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for this morning.

And the Perth and Kinross Council are helping communities through the resilience groups by offering sandbags to vulnerable areas.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Six thousand gullies have been routinely cleansed this year to help reduce the risk of flooding.

“Sandbags were deployed in a number of key areas prone to flooding and community resilience groups alerted to the weather warning. Residents who collected sandbags but did not use them are being advised to keep them in case they are needed in future severe weather events.

“Householders should dispose of sandbags that have come into contact with flood water by spreading the contents in their gardens and disposing of the bag.”

Dundee experienced more rain in three days than it would usually average in July over three days, however, SPEA say it’s hard to pin down where the worst hit areas will be.

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flooding Manager said: “Due to the nature of thundery showers, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where will be worst hit, but what we do know is that it can happen quickly and can be highly localised.

“It’s important that those out and about, holidaying, engaging in activities near rivers and streams or out hillwalking are aware of the hazards and stay safe. Some rivers and streams can rise to dangerous levels very quickly, so avoid camping near water and be very mindful of conditions if considering activities such as swimming or canoeing.”

The weather could prove to be dangerous so authorities are asking that local people prepare for flooding ahead of time.

Mr Faichney added: “Extreme weather such as prolonged heavy rain following a period of warm, dry weather, is something we will see more of as our climate changes and these patterns become more common in the future.

“SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor rainfall and river levels and is in close contact with the Met Office and other partners to review the forecasts, which are combined with local expertise from all regions of Scotland to understand and present the flooding risk. We would encourage the public to remain vigilant, especially in isolated, low lying agricultural areas susceptible to flooding. The most up-to-date information is always available on our website.”

More information can be found on: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

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