This week the Scottish Government’s Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, announced an improved flood warning system for some of Scotland’s rivers including Ruchil Water in Comrie.
The announcement was made following a visit to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) flood forecasting centre in Perth.
Mr Wheelhouse said the Scottish Government is committed to tackling climate change and also reducing the damage and distress caused by flooding.
He added: “We have invested record levels of funding in flood protection by local authorities and created a flood forecasting service for Scotland.”
Describing the move as “excellent news” local MSP Roseanna Cunningham said: “Forewarned is fore-armed and we have seen very clearly this year that flood-threatened communities across Scotland need all the early warning advice they can get.
“The improved warning scheme will give those at risk the opportunity for far more direct contact than has previously been possible by providing advance warning of flooding direct to registered mobiles or landlines.”
Residents can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline via floodlinescotland.org.uk/signup or by calling 0845 988 1188.
Comrie Community Council continues to work closely with the relevant bodies to develop a flood mitigation scheme and last week engineers submitted reports to Perth and Kinross Council, which are currently being evaluated.
Tonight (Thursday) there will be a meeting at Comrie Fire Station, which will include feedback from the emergency services debriefings and the setting up of a community resilience plan.