Householders on flood alert

PEOPLE in the River Street area of Brechin have been placed on alert as the swollen waters of the River South Esk continue to rise, threatening a repeat of the flooding on October 12.

Emergency services and council staff had visited properties in the area to warn of the risk of flooding and by 11.30am this morning the waters had breached into River Street. Sandbags that were already in place were being re-deployed at pressure points in an effort to protect properties. Water levels are expected to peak at about midday.

Angus Council has established a rest centre for affected residents at Brechin High School, while some residents were making their own arrangements. Those staying put were given advice about how best to protect themselves and their property.

A close watch is also being kept on the Brothock Burn in Arbroath as it rises steadily this morning and sandbags were being deployed to St Vigeans as waters rose on the outskirts of Arbroath.

The roads network across Angus and parts of Perthshire has been significantly affected by the three days and more of continuous rain.

As a result of ongoing weather-related issues, the Tayside Strategic Co-ordinating Group has convened at Tayside Police Headquarters in Dundee to oversee the response to incidents and ensure public assistance. Excellent assistance is also being provided by the 4x4 volunteers.

Tayside Police Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop, confirmed that the weather was proving to be challenging most of all for residents in the area.

He said: “This kind of disruption is the last thing that people need at this time of year and I am sure that this miserable spell of weather is causing a great deal of concern and frustration as people try to prepare for Christmas.

“Encouragingly, the weather does seem ready to offer us some respite, but the roads are still badly affected by flooding, particularly in Angus and parts of Perthshire, and I appeal to anyone who is driving in these conditions to do so with the utmost caution.

“There are roads that are closed at this time and others that are only passable with care. Unfortunately, this includes main routes and rural roads. Please reduce your speed and expect that there may be disruption on your journey.

“Tayside Police and its partners are working hard to assist with any issues and I would appeal to anyone who is in difficulty or who has any concerns to get in touch. At the same time please pay attention to the weather, traffic and travel information that is widely available from local and national TV, radio and newspapers to social media. Look out for any updates and stay safe.”

Although strong winds are anticipated later today, the weather is forecast to generally improve into the afternoon, although with a rise in temperature snow melt is being monitored closely.