Take extra care, urges SBC, as wet weather continues

Following the heavy overnight rain and snow, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) continues to urge those who are out and above over the festive break to take extra care, drive according to the conditions, and do not, under any circumstance, ignore road closure signs.

Jim Fraser, SBC’s emergency planning officer, explained: “Our resources on the ground have been very busy through the night and we are continuing to deal with a number of issues regarding localised flooding. A small number of roads are closed due to flooding and drivers are being reminded – do not ignore road closure signs which may be in place.

“These signs are in place for a reason – and it is an offence to ignore them. Anyone who ignores these signs is simply putting themselves in unnecessary danger which may result in pulling valuable emergency services away from priority incidents.

“We have resources in place to deal with the current situation and we are liaising with our partners at the Met Office and SEPA. In the meantime, please take extreme care when out and about.”

Information from SEPA is that those rivers affected in the area will continue to rise before peaking later today. However no rivers are expected to reach the levels seen on the December 4. SEPA is monitoring the situation and keeping the council updated

A specific forecast for the Borders is detailed below:

The band of rain that spread from the south yesterday afternoon has been heavier and more persistent across the south and east of Scotland, with western and northern areas largely being sheltered for a change.

The rain will persist across parts of Scotland through much of today. Again, the heaviest and most persistent rain will affect the south and east of the country, falling as snow on high ground, but western parts will also have a wet day.

The rain will slowly move northwards during the afternoon and evening to affect the Western Isles, north Highlands and the Orkney Islands, with the Shetland Islands staying largely dry until the overnight period. The rain will start to clear from the south during the early evening.

The Yellow Warning for Rain that covers eastern Dumfries & Galloway and the western Borders is valid until 2345 today (Saturday). This warning also covers northern England and north Wales and while the rain will persist in these areas, it will have largely cleared from much of southern Scotland by early evening.

You can keep up to date with the forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk and flood warnings at www.flood.sepa.org.uk