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More rain is forecast for Sunday but flood risk lowers

A Dumfries business owner looks out on the floods
More rain is forecast to sweep across the country, but the flood risk is lower

Five flood warnings remain in force and 15 flood watches after more rain was forecast to hit Scotland over the coming days.

The areas on high alert included the Clyde up as far as the Kingston Bridge in the city centre.

Also listed as at risk were the Tay above Dunkeld, the Earn from Comrie to Crieff and downstream of Crieff and the Isla before it joins the Tay.

More heavy rain was forecast to move across the country later on Sunday.

The flooding is going to get more frequent and more extreme, so you go on building bigger and bigger protection against those kind of eventualities and there comes a point when it costs more to protect than the value you get out of it
Prof James Curran
Sepa

There were no severe flood warnings still in place according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, (Sepa).

Prof James Curran of Sepa said the problem was simply climate change.

He told BBC Scotland: "Globally the temperature has risen by almost one degree celsius over the past century so that actually means there is no natural weather left.

"The weather outside your window at the moment is man-made and we don't seem to be doing a very good job of it, do we?

He added: "Technically it's very, very hard to protect everything.

"The flooding is going to get more frequent and more extreme, so you go on building bigger and bigger protection against those kind of eventualities and there comes a point when it costs more to protect than the value you get out of it.

"So these judgements have to be made in the political arena and are being made now."

A flood warning means flooding which will affect homes, businesses and main roads is expected and that immediate preventative action is needed.

Dumfries businesses clean up after the floods

The wettest November day on record in Dumfries and Galloway caused widespread problems on Friday.

The Met Office said rainfall at its Eskdalemuir observatory in the 24-hour period to 0900 GMT on Friday had exceeded the previous highest total, set in 1931.

Many businesses on the Whitesands suffered from flooding as the River Nith in Dumfries overflowed.

Several homes were flooded in Ettrick and Yarrow in the Borders as water levels rose on Friday.

Many roads were closed and the fire and rescue service was called out to numerous incidents.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it had been the worst flooding since 1990 and among the worst on record.

Thousands of sandbags were handed out by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council to those in need to help prevent flooding.



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