By Simon Brown.
Scots are used to complaining about the weather and this weekend was no exception as floods surged through most of the country, interrupting public transport and generally causing disruption. At the peak of activity on Sunday evening the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) had 21 flood watches, 17 flood warnings and 4 severe flood warnings in place.
Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:
“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’d like to thank all those who have again responded so quickly and effectively to minimise the impact of the floods.” She also added that climate change was mostly to blame, saying that “flooding events such as these are likely to occur with increasing frequency.”
“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.”
Fife Council in particular was criticised for its handling of the floods, with Councillor Tom Adams dubbing their response, “horrendous and shocking”. Another Councillor, Andrew Roger, said, “I was on the phone to Fife Council’s emergency number for 18 minutes without a reply, it was very frustrating.
“A resident warned council officials on Friday about the blockage in the river and went back to check later that day to see if they had removed it but they hadn’t.”
The Government continue to operate their 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188.