Scotland fears floods in wet winter months

A campaign has been launched to warn householders and businesses about the risks of flood and help to prevent further damage for people across Scotland.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched its annual flood awareness campaign following one of the wettest summers on record.

It comes as the country is again being battered by severe storms, and Scottish authorities fear there will be further heavy rainfall thoughout the winter months.

SEPA is advising those living in the high flood risk areas to protect their homes and businesses before it is too late.

They have set up a website to support and assist people about coastal and river flooding in their area.

Environment Minister Michael Russell said: “This summer has been one of the wettest on record with many people in many parts of Scotland suffering from the distressing impact of flooding, with damage to homes, roads and livelihood.

“The risk of flooding is only likely to increase with climate change in years to come.

“That’s why the SEPA campaign is so important in raising awareness of the impact of flooding and what people can do to protect themselves from this increasing threat.”

School plays, local advertising and community events will be among the tools used to highlight the practical measures people can take to help tackle the devastating effects of flooding.

Mr Russell added: “I’d encourage everyone take action to ensure they are prepared at all times.”

Floodline, a 24-hour information service, is also run by SEPA to help support and advice offering live flood alerts and warnings as well as hints and tips on how people can prepare for flooding.

SEPA’s flood unit manager David Faichney said: “The flooding seen in many parts of Scotland over the past few months, highlights the devastating effects flooding can have on communities.”

About 100,000 homes and businesses are currently at risk from river and coastal flooding in Scotland.

More information can be found here.

Kaela Joy

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