'Unprecedented levels of rain' expected as Storm Babet creates challenging conditions

The advice from Police Scotland is to travel only if absolutely essential.The advice from Police Scotland is to travel only if absolutely essential.
The advice from Police Scotland is to travel only if absolutely essential.
Angus Council has issued a warning that Storm Babet will bring “very challenging” conditions across the county, which is facing its first red rain warning since 2015.

This is combined with an amber warning for wind from the east and North Angus in particular will be affected, with river levels already high and unprecedented levels of rainfall expected.

The local authority has given the following advice:-

Travel

Police Scotland advice is not to travel unless absolutely essential. The fewer vehicles on the road, the safer everyone will be and the better access for emergency services. People must understand that many roads will be flooded and not marked as closed. Do NOT attempt to drive through flooded roads. We are also expecting more fallen trees to create further hazards.

Schools and School Transport

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Schools and Early Years centres will remain closed on Friday as we have to ensure the safety of children, young people, parents, and school staff.

Flooding

The flood defences in place held well at the last flooding event just two weeks ago and we have undertaken some further flood prevention work and debris clearance since then. However, given the unprecedented levels of rain expected, some flooding will occur.

Preparation

Local resilience teams are already preparing to respond to the forecast and will be constantly vigilant as the reality unfolds and we are working closely with our resilience partners including 3rd and voluntary sectors.

As ever, we will be targeting our energies and resources on the areas of greatest need, focusing on preserving life and ensuring the safety of our citizens.

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You can find advice on making your own preparations at Ready Scotland, which includes good advice such as charging mobile phones, having torches ready, and securing external items such as trampolines, garden furniture and other items stored outside.

Updates

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