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06/03/15 15:13

Flood alert

‘Be Prepared’ warning for rain over Great Glen.

Members of the public are being advised to prepare for heavy rain across Argyll and the Highlands this weekend.

The most extreme conditions are expected along the Great Glen and the Met Office has issued an Amber warning for that area on Saturday and into early Sunday. A Yellow, Be Aware, warning is also in place for much of Highland, Argyll and parts of Perth and Kinross.

Surface water can be expected and there is also the risk of localised flooding, especially in the area covered by the Amber warning.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said:

“The forecast is for heavy and prolonged rainfall across parts of the North and West. The wet weather, combined with snow melt caused by very warm temperatures, is expected to cause river levels to rise, particularly in Lochaber and around the Great Glen as well as the Beauly, Conon, Ness and Upper Spey.

“Members of the public should be alert to the risk of flooding in these areas and the potential for disruption.

“The situation is being closely monitored by SEPA, and I would encourage everyone to monitor SEPA’s Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to receive Floodline warnings direct to their phone.”

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

“The heavy rain may lead to some travel disruption over Saturday and Sunday, especially in the North West of the country between Fort William and Inverness.

“Our operating companies will be doing all they can to mitigate the effects of the storms by clearing drains and gullies but the extreme conditions mean that there is a chance of flooding on some routes.

“Drivers should check conditions before they travel and leave some extra time for their journeys. Live information on conditions is available on the Traffic Scotland Twitter feed, smartphone App, internet radio and website.”

Notes to editors

For SEPA live flood updates see www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call Floodline 0345 988 1188.

To sign up for free local Flood Warnings and regional Alerts, or for more information and advice on preparing for flooding, use SEPA’s Floodline site
www.floodlinescotland.org.uk or call Floodline 0345 988 1188

The full alerts, including the Chief Forecaster's Assessment and a map showing the areas included in the alerts, are available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

The Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland website provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at www.readyscotland.org

For real time journey information visit www.trafficscotland.org, follow @trafficscotland on Twitter or call 0800 028 14 14

Rail, ferries and air users should check with individual service operators’ websites

CalMac travellers should check the website: www.calmac.co.uk for the latest information. The latest information on that service can be found at www.argyllferries.co.uk