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Sepa issues flood alert for Mearns as heavy rain batters East Coast

Stonehaven during flooding in 2012.
Stonehaven during flooding in 2012.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has placed the Mearns under flood alert as the East Coast is battered by wind and rain.

It comes after the Met Office warned that homes and businesses may be flooded across Tayside, Fife and Grampian as the downpour continues overnight.

The forecaster placed a yellow warning of heavy rain across the areas at 2pm, which will last until noon tomorrow.

Sepa’s flood alert covers the whole of Aberdeenshire, though does not stretch into Angus.

Sepa issues flood alert for Mearns as heavy rain batters East Coast

In a statement Sepa said: “Heavy and persistent rainfall has been forecast for the north east of Scotland, which will lead to a risk of flooding from rivers as of early Wednesday morning.

“Possible flooding impacts may include flooding of low-lying land and roads. Wet road surfaces and ponding of water may lead to difficult driving conditions, travel disruption and longer journey times.

“Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.”

The Sepa flood alert.
The Sepa flood alert.

Police Scotland has also warned drivers to be wary of “difficult driving conditions”.

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The Mearns town of Stonehaven was the site of serious flooding in 2009 and 2012 – when the River Carron burst its banks.

 

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