Weather update: Floods in Comrie declared ‘major incident’ forces evacuation as warnings issued across Scotland

The M8 has been affected by heavy rainfall
The M8 has been affected by heavy rainfall
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FLOODING at Comrie in Highland Perthshire has been a declared a “major incident” by Tayside Fire and Rescue Service as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued six floor alerts and five flood warnings earlier today.

Ten fire units have been called to the town to help evacuate local residents from their flooded homes and distribute sandbags after the River Ruchill, a tributary of the River Earn, burst its banks for the second time in four months.

Firefighters were called to the town around 8am after reports that water levels were rising rapidly after a night of torrential rain.

In August angry local residents blamed the community’s own flood defences for the deluge that swept through the town, damaging more than 30 homes.

Sepa issued six flood alerts and five flood warnings earlier today.

Heavy rain is causing problems for drivers on many roads across Scotland and the Met Office has issued yellow “be aware” warnings for the Highlands and the Western Isles, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, the south west and Lothian and Borders.

Other roads closed due to flooding include the A907 near Stirling, between Causewayhead Road and the Manor Powis roundabout.

There were also delays on the M8 in Glasgow, with flooding at junction 19 Anderston, and very slow traffic on the A720 Edinburgh City by-pass between Sheriffhall Roundabout and Baberton due to the poor weather conditions.

The Rest and Be Thankful section of the A83 in Argyll is shut after a landslip, with a long diversion in place.