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Residents warned to expect more rain

Thankfully, despite the anticipated thunderstorms Perth and Kinross did not experience widespread flooding overnight on Tuesday. However, residents are being urged to remain prepared for possible flooding this week.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has a flood alert in place for Tayside for the rest of the week and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain until 6am on Thursday.

An Amber weather alert for thunderstorms was issued on Tuesday but has now expired.

Perth & Kinross Council took a number of actions to protect residents and businesses from flooding.

Six thousand gullies have been routinely cleansed this year to help reduce the risk of flooding.

Sandbags were deployed in a number of key areas prone to flooding and community resilience groups alerted to the weather warning. Residents who collected sandbags but did not use them are being advised to keep them in case they are needed in future severe weather events.

Householders should dispose of sandbags that have come into contact with flood water by spreading the contents in their gardens and disposing of the bag.

Flood gates on the South Inch, Perth were closed on Monday afternoon and will remain closed until further notice.

Trash screens - metal gates that filter debris out of the waterway to prevent blockages - on Craigie Burn were cleared and all flood ponds checked to ensure there were no obstructions that may contribute to flooding.

Alarms were triggered on the Craigie Burn around 2am on Wednesday and when officers responded they discovered someone had removed a padlock and damaged one of the trash screens..

Fortunately, our officer was able to remove the debris that had accumulated because of the damage. However, had there been a greater amount of debris  nearby residents could have been put at risk of flooding.

Two trees that were felled during the storm were also cleared from the roads overnight.

Environment and Infrastructure convenor Councillor Angus Forbes said: "It is impossible to prevent flooding completely, but we try to minimise the risk and protect homes and businesses during severe weather events.

"Flooding causes misery for residents so it is incredibly disappointing - and frustrating - that one of our trash screens was deliberately damaged.

"We are lucky that in this instance there were not more serious consequences, and it also goes without saying nobody should be putting themselves at risk by tampering with trash screens in watercourses."

Please visit the Flooding page on our website for more advice.