Roads warning as rain takes its toll

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DRIVERS are being urged by Tayside Police to be aware of the deteriorating weather conditions forecast for the area over the course of the day.

And as torrential rain continues to fall across Angus and the Tayside area, people are being asked to consider whether their journey is immediately necessary and, when out, to try to avoid the minor roads wherever possible.

The heavy overnight rain has resulted in challenging driving conditions and a number of roads across the region, particularly rural roads, are badly affected by surface and standing water.

In Angus there have been at least three reports of cars getting into difficulty as a result of drivers attempting to plough through deep water, causing engines to fail.

There is currently a road closure eastbound on the A92 Dundee to Arbroath road, in the Ethiebeaton area, due to flooding and drivers are encouraged to use an alternative route if possible.

A broken-down lorry on the M90 between junctions 7 and 6 has also resulted in a lane closure on the northbound dual carriageway.

Emergency services and their partner agencies in Tayside are working closely together as they continue to monitor the situation and respond to issues in the area.

Localised flooding is being experienced in many parts of Angus in particular, including areas around Brechin, Wellbank, Emmock, Kellas, Gagie and Tealing as the rain stubbornly remains over the area.

Local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency are closely monitoring river levels with warning currently in place for the Isla at Alyth, the Esk at Bridge of Dun and the Lyon at Bridge of Balgie, as well as various points along the Earn.

Anyone who is travelling should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Tayside Police are advising people to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org or Twitter@trafficscotland.

Weather and traffic information is available via TV, radio and websites as well the Met Office alert area on its website at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/