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28/12/13 12:15

Weather disruption eases

Efforts continue to restore power and transport services as flood risk subsides.

The Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee (SGoRR) has been updated on efforts to deal with the disruption caused by yesterday’s winter storm.

SGoRR has been actively monitoring the impact of the weather, and following a meeting this morning, Scottish Ministers have been briefed on the latest situation:

  • The weather is expected to settle down after the strong winds and heavy rain that affected much of Scotland on Friday, although the Met Office is forecasting showers to spread from the west over the weekend. No weather warnings are in place.
  • SEPA issued additional flood warnings overnight covering low-lying areas in Galashiels, Peebles, Eddleston and Romannobridge. These warnings are for rivers which are only just "out of bank" and comprise flooding of agricultural land and features such as car parks. The rivers peaked around 2-3am Saturday morning and are now falling. Callander is also close to its warning levels, with the car park now flooded and while the Teith will continue to rise for a time, property flooding is not expected. Elsewhere, most rivers have already peaked, but larger rivers in Tayside are expected to stay high till early afternoon.
  • Approximately 350 premises in Dumfries and Galloway have been without power since yesterday. Scottish Power aims to reconnect all customers today, although Forfar Athletic’s visit to Stranraer has been postponed due to a lack of power at the ground.
  • While roads and bridges are open and running well, rail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are calling via Falkirk Grahamston and are reduced to half hourly due to signalling problems in the Falkirk area. Alternative transport is being arranged between Falkirk High and Falkirk Grahamston. On ferries, some services on Clyde and Hebrides routes are disrupted so travellers are advised to check with their operator.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“The picture is improving across Scotland as the very wet and windy conditions begin to ease. The risk of flooding is subsiding and although some households are still without power, energy companies are working hard to get them back on supply today.

“There are still some issues on our transport network, however - including residual weather disruption to ferry services and signalling problems affecting rail services between Glasgow to Edinburgh – and passengers should check with their operators before travelling.

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience committee will continue to monitor the situation.”

Notes to editors

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

CalMac travellers should check the website: www.calmac.co.uk for the latest information. The passenger service between Gourock and Dunoon operated by CalMac’s sister company, Argyll Ferries, may also be affected. The latest information on that service can be found at www.argyllferries.co.uk.

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

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/

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

For more advice and guidance: www.sepa.org.uk/flooding or via Floodline 0845 9881188 At 10am every day SEPA issues to registered media a summary of Flood Warnings & Alerts currently in force. When there are Warnings in force this gets issued more frequently, usually every four hours. If your organisation has not signed up for this free bulletin and you would like it, please request it by emailing flooding@sepa.org.uk