More rain set to hit flood areas

Man walking his dogs through flooding near Bridge of Allan
Image caption Central Scotland was badly affected by the flooding on Tuesday

Forecasters are warning of more heavy rain in parts of Scotland which have already been affected by flooding.

A Met Office amber warning for "heavy and persistent" rain comes into force across Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife and also south west Scotland from 18:00 until 06:00 on Thursday.

Some roads are still closed in Central Scotland and Dumfries in Galloway following Tuesday's flooding.

Local flooding is affecting Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde.

There are 10 flood warnings in place across the Tayside area, including Pitlochry, Moulinearn and Victoria Bridge.

Residents in Bridge of Earn, Perth and Kinross, have been told by police to "remain vigilant" with a high tide due at 07:00 on Thursday.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said there was "absolutely no room for complacency" with more heavy rain forecast.

"We know from past experience and again this week that floods can cause severe damage to property," he said.

"There are measures people can take to protect themselves and their property and to minimise any potential impact."

The Met Office said the amber "be prepared" alert had been issued because rain would become "heavy and persistent" during Wednesday evening and last well into Thursday morning.

It said: "This will fall on to already saturated ground.

"The public should be aware that as a result of the heavy rain, there is a risk of localised flooding and some travel disruption."

Gales forecast

An amber warning was issued for Orkney & Shetland on Thursday, as well as yellow warnings for the Highlands, Western Isles and Grampian.

The Met Office said: "Southerly gales will develop during Wednesday evening, reaching severe gale overnight.

"Winds will become west to northwesterly by Thursday morning with severe gales continuing during the day.

"Storm force winds seem likely for a time across Orkney. As a result of the very strong winds, the public should be prepared for travel disruption."

Stewart Prodger, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's flood unit, said: "Sepa has issued flood alerts covering most of the country over the last few days in response to heavy rainfall leading to flooding problems.

"The Met Office is forecasting another band of rain to cross Scotland from the west from Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, heavy at times over Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Central and western Tayside."

He added: "Many river catchments in central and southern Scotland have seen significant rainfall over the past week leading to saturated ground conditions and high river and loch levels.  

"Sepa's monitoring indicates that some of these are likely to rise in response to the forecast rain on Wednesday evening into Thursday, with some moderate levels of disruption expected in these areas."

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