Highland Council roads team 'put on stand-by' ahead of Storm Babet
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Highland Council's roads department has been put on stand-by to respond to possible flooding incidents when Storm Babet hits the region.
The local authority has urged residents of the Highlands to keep up to date with the weather forecast and also with flood alerts after the Met Office issued an amber weather warning which the council said "may affect southern parts of Highland".
As well as the amber warning for up to 200mm of rain, a separate yellow warning for rainfall totals of up to 100mm has also been issued for many other parts of the Highlands, stretching from Caitheness, down through eastern and central Sutherland, Ross-shire, the Great Glen, and east across Badenoch and Strathspey and into Moray.
A warning for gale force winds, with gusts of up to 80mph in places, has also been issued for swathes of Scotland's north.
"Highland Council roads operatives responded to a number of flooding incidents and landslips following last weekend’s stormy weather and teams will be on stand-by once again this weekend to respond where necessary," said a council spokesperson.
"The forecast rain and wind this week has the potential to cause further disruption."
The council has pointed people to a number of useful information sources to keep themselves abreast of the latest warnings and conditions.
- Advice on preparing for severe weather can be found on the Ready Scotland website at https://ready.scot.
- The latest Met Office weather warnings can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings.
- For the latest flood alerts and warnings visit https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.
- You can also register for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's free Floodline message service by calling 0345 988 1188 or by clicking www.floodlinescotland.org.uk.
- Check the three-day Scottish Flood Forecast at https://scottishfloodforecast.sepa.org.uk.
- And for transport updates check out ScotRail's website for rail information at www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/check-your-journey, and Traffic Scotland's website for the latest on the roads at www.traffic.gov.scot.