Heavy rain expected over next 36 hours
Published 10 Jul 2012 09:30 0 Comments
WEST Fifers are being warned to expect heavy rain and possible travel disruption over the next 36 hours.
The Met Office has issued a 'yellow' warning for the Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife regions.
There is an 'amber' warning for Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, where the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) already has flood alerts in force.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said today (Tuesday), "The Scottish Government's resilience team is meeting this afternoon to receive an update on preparations from representatives of the Met Office, emergency services, SEPA, Transport Scotland and local authorities.
"The Traffic Scotland Control Centre will monitor the travel situation very closely over the next 24 hours and continue to liaise with key partners including ScotRail, Network Rail and Operating Companies.
"SEPA will also keep a very close eye on the flooding risk.
"Traffic Scotland is alerting the travelling public in the affected areas and those who will be heading into the affected areas via its usual channels - website, VMS signs, internet radio and social networks.
"This is clearly a very frustrating time for everyone affected, especially at a time of year when they are entitled to expect some respite, however I wish to express my thanks for those involved in the response and to the wider public for their continuing patience."
Caroline Sharkey, SEPA's duty flood advisor, added, "SEPA will be monitoring the situation 24/7 and would urge those living, working or travelling through flood risk areas to remain vigilant and use Floodline on 0845 988 11 88 or online at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ for updated flood warnings."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 10 Jul 12