Swinney: Flooding a ‘very serious’ situation

Deputy First Minister John Swinney today chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government’s resilience committee, where ministers were updated on steps being taken to address the impact of flooding on communities such as Hawick and to minimise the risk of further disruption.

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience Team has been in contact with the Met Office throughout the week, receiving regular updates on the developing weather system and its potential impacts,” said Mr Swinney.

“The predicted weather warnings of yesterday (Friday) have been accurate and we are now dealing with a very serious situation. We have seen exceptional rainfall, caused in part by rising temperatures and rapid snow melt, combined with gale force winds.

“It is clear that people across Scotland are experiencing some challenging situations and we will do all we can to help them at this stressful time. Local authorities, Police Scotland, SEPA and resilience teams are all involved in the efforts to mitigate the impacts of flooding and weather issues across the country.

“SEPA have issued numerous flood warnings across the country and we would urge people in those areas to pay attention to the up-to-date information being provided, consider whether you need to travel and take all possible precautions to stay safe, particularly in the worst affected areas.”