SEPA issue flood warnings across Perth

SEPA have placed around 20 flood warnings around Perthshire, after two nights of heavy rain
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SEPA have placed around 20 flood warnings around Perthshire, after two nights of heavy rain.

North Muirton is also on high alert after SEPA placed a high warning alert of “expected flooding”.

SEPA have three types of flood warnings below is the meaning of each one, starting from the low to high.

Flood Alert – Flooding is possible.

Flood Warning – Flooding is expected, immediate action required.

Severe Flood Warning – Server flooding, danger to life.

Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.  Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.  This FLOOD ALERT UPDATE is now in force until further notice.  If you haven’t already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup.

A Perth & Kinross Council spokesperson said: ”

Following heavy overnight rain in the Tay catchment area and a relatively high tide the Council are closing the flood gates on the Perth flood alleviation scheme. Queen’s Bridge remains open.

Discussions with SEPA early this morning indicate a level in the Tay at high tide today that may result in the Tay overtopping at known locations. Closure of the gates will prevent this happening. Unfortunately due to the Christmas holidays and the strong likliehood of requiring standby personnel to do gritting on the road network we will not be able to re-open most gates until Tuesday 29 December at the earliest, and only if weather conditions improve.

The Council will endeavour to open gates that adversely affect business operation as soon as is possible.”

SEPA spokesperson said: “There is a risk to basement properties from water ingress whilst the river remains high. Flood impacts are not expected to be as significant as experienced during the weekend of 5th December. It is recommended that businesses with basement properties should check for water ingress and surface water issues.”

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