SFRS received over 50 calls overnight due to severe weather flooding incidents in the North of Scotland

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received more than 50 emergency calls overnight due to the severe weather in the North of Scotland.

Crews were mobilised to a number of flooding incidents caused by heavy rain across the region, with the central and north-east areas worst affected.

Between 6pm on Tuesday, July 27 and 8am on Wednesday, July 28 the Service's Operations Control room in Dundee received more than one hundred 999 calls – with 53 related to flooding.

This included calls to a number of homes that were flooded in Perth, Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Crews attended these incidents and pumped water from the affected properties.

The risk of more flooding for the area is high and the Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain for the North and North-East of Scotland which runs until 6am on Friday 30 July.

John MacDonald is Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. He said: "This has been a challenging night where we received a high number of weather related calls.

"We have seen high numbers of flooding calls from the Perth, Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire areas were people’s homes were affected by flood water caused by the rainfall - resulting in a significant localised response.

"Crews also attended a number of other incidents including road traffic collisions and fires across the region.

"My thanks must go to our crews and Operations Control for their outstanding work overnight in very challenging conditions, and to our partners for their continued assistance."

DACO MacDonald added: "This was a severe weather event and the number of these incidents are increasing. There is still an amber warning of rain in the North and North East of Scotland and I would urge people to be aware of the forecast where they are, be aware of the risks and take action to protect themselves.

"Do not under any circumstances attempt to drive through flooded areas as you may become trapped, and take steps to protect yourself and your property from floodwater where necessary."

For more safety advice on flooding and severe weather visit - https://www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/

For the latest forecast where you are - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice

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