The official line on linking specific extreme weather events with climate change has always been to acknowledge the increased likelihood and frequency, but point out the difficulty of tying an individual event to general climate models.

But on Monday, Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham came within a whisker of saying the flooding was a sign of climate change.

“Climate change is clearly happening on our doorsteps and flooding events such as these are likely to occur with increasing frequency,” she said.

“Everyone needs to be aware of the increased risks and that doesn’t just apply to those living in areas where there is a history of flooding.

“Once again we have seen the misery and destruction flooding can cause. Our thoughts are with those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the overnight floods.

“I have asked to be kept fully informed of developments and will be keeping in touch with the councils affected. I’d like to thank all those who have again responded so quickly and effectively to minimise the impact of the floods.”

“Through SEPA we are continuing to invest in flood awareness and flood warning schemes to try and minimise the impact flooding has on families and businesses. I launched the latest SEPA awareness campaign only last Friday.

“We also need to take radical steps to tackle our carbon emission levels and to ensure communities get the protection they need, which is why we have recently pushed far-reaching climate change and flooding legislation through Parliament.”

Sam Bond

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