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Caravan park and golf course at risk as flood warnings issued for rivers Tay, Isla and Lyon

Flood warnings have been issued for parts of Perthshire.
Flood warnings have been issued for parts of Perthshire.

Flood warnings have been issued for the rivers Tay, Isla, Lyon and Earn as Tayside endures a downpour of rain – with a local caravan park and golf course both said to be at risk.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued eight flood warnings and two alerts covering Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.

The organisation has warned of dangers posed by surface water and overflowing rivers as a result of “persistent” rainfall expected to move into the local area from Wednesday afternoon.

As winds picked up on Wednesday evening the Tay Road Bridge was closed to all but cars, with a 30 mph speed limit in force.

In Fife, motorists have been warned to take care due to surface water causing hazardous driving conditions.

A weather front associated with Storm Diana has been predicted to batter Scotland with a downpour and 70mph winds.

The rivers Tay, Isla, Lyon and Earn are all expected to surge this evening as a result of enduring rain.

Sepa flood warnings, which are more serious than the alerts issued, have been issued for the River Isla at Coupar Angus, the River Tay, Aberbothrie, Glen Lyon, Ballinluig to Logierait, Crieff to Innerpeffray, Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, and the Bridge of Ruthven to Leitfie area.

The Upper Tay near Aberfeldy has been singled out by the organisation, with the town’s golf course and caravan park both highlighted as being at risk.

Perthshire farmland in all areas falling under the warnings are also expected to be affected.

River levels are expected to “remain high overnight” into Thursday.

Sepa’s Upper Tay flood warning states: “Levels on the Upper Tay are expected to respond to the persistent rainfall during Wednesday. River levels are expected to rise during the late afternoon and remain high overnight into Thursday.

“There is a risk of flooding to low lying agricultural land. There is also a risk of water encroaching on to the Aberfeldy Golf Course and Aberfeldy Caravan Park.”

A Met Office yellow warning for rain is in place for parts of Tayside effective from noon until 11pm today, and another one for wind is effective from noon until 3am on Thursday.

A third wind alert is in place from 9am until midnight on Wednesday.

Sepa says its alerts are for “surface water and fluvial flooding” and will be in place “until further notice”.

The Sepa flood alert for Dundee and Angus.
The Sepa flood alert for Tayside.

The organisation added: “Heavy and persistent rainfall is expected from Wednesday afternoon.

“This will lead to a risk of flooding from surface water in the afternoon and evening of Wednesday and from watercourses from Wednesday evening into Thursday. Impacts are likely to include localised flooding of low-lying land and roads, disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

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

“Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.”

More severe Sepa flood warnings are in place for other parts of Scotland.

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