Council takes steps following flood alert for Edinburgh

The Met Office has warned the public to expect heavy rain and possible travel disruption over the next 36 hours - especially throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Council is continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with our partner organisations and would advise anyone with concerns to contact the Council's Emergency Contact Centre on 0131 200 2000.

Councillor Andrew Burns, Council Leader, said: "With more rain forecast over the next day or so, the Council is taking steps to protect residents' homes and properties. In Stockbridge we are working with the contractor to make the temporary flood defences at the Water of Leith more robust. Sandbags have been given to residents in this area whose homes may be at risk of flooding.

"Across the city we are also shoring up defences and will be deploying sandbags as a precaution. Council teams are on standby over the next few days to respond to any incident of flooding.

"We would ask everyone to remain vigilant and ensure they take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property."

Caroline Sharkey, Duty Flood Advisor of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland's flood warning authority, said:

"SEPA already has Flood Alerts in force for the Borders, Edinburgh and the Lothians. There is a low risk of river flooding in the Scottish Borders from Tuesday afternoon but the greater risk is on Wednesday in eastern Lothian and Edinburgh, as rivers are expected to rise on Wednesday in response to the heavy rain predicted across the south east of Scotland.

"The slow moving and persistent rain also means that there is potential for surface water flooding issues on Tuesday/Wednesday, which we expect to affect the west of Inverness, Angus and Eastern Perthshire, particularly the Pitlochry area.

"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 for updated Flood Warnings."

SEPA recommends five actions people can take to be better flood prepared:

  • Have a flood plan ready to put into action
  • Keep in contact with SEPA Floodline 0845 98811 / http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates  for the latest flood Alerts & Warnings
  • Consider fitting flood protection products to your property in case of a flood and rehearse how to fit them
  • Move important documents, valuable items, business stock and supplies, vehicles and livestock into a safe place.
  • Make sure friends, family and neighbours are aware and prepared - especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.

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