Rescuers are looking for an aged man reported lacking in a river as heavy rain swept Scotlandcausing flooding and transport disruption.
A search operation was launched at about 5pm on Sunday after police acquired a report of concern for a 77-year-old man seen within the river Tay close to Strathtay, and resumed on Monday morning.
Flood warnings stay in place in lots of components of Scotland though Met Workplace warnings of heavy rain which had been in place over the weekend have now lifted.
Two extreme flood warnings had been in place in Aviemore/Dalfaber and Perth on Monday morning whereas 38 flood warnings and 5 flood alerts had been in place elsewhere across the nation.
A Police Scotland spokesperson mentioned: “Round 5.30pm on Sunday October 8, we acquired a report of concern for a 77-year-old man within the water on the River Taynear Strathtay. Emergency providers are in attendance.”
Heavy rain triggered flooding in lots of areas over the weekend, resulting in highway closures and practice cancellations which continued into Monday.
Community Rail Scotland mentioned the Highland Mainline from Perth to Inverness, the Perth to Dunblane route and the Stonehaven to Montrose line remained closed on Monday.
ScotRail mentioned disruption brought on by flooding will proceed for some routes, with providers between Edinburgh/Glasgow Queen Road and Inverness, and Queen Road to Aberdeen/Dundee/Perth and Arbroath amongst these unable to run on Monday.
They suggested folks to verify their journey on its app or web site within the morning earlier than setting off.
Whereas the Met Workplace climate warnings for heavy rain from the weekend have now lifted, a yellow warning of heavy rainfall in western components of the nation has been issued for Tuesday.
Police Scotland mentioned communities “confronted among the most difficult situations ever” over the weekend, with 10 motorists airlifted to security on Saturday as a result of landslides on the A83 in Argyll and Bute, which dislodged 2,000 tonnes of particles. One other 4 had been airlifted in Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute.
Ruth Ellis, Scottish Atmosphere Safety Company flood obligation supervisor, mentioned: “It’s been a tough weekend throughout Scotland, with extreme climate inflicting widespread journey disruption to highway and rail networks, and impacts in communities throughout Scotland.
“Throughout many areas of the nation there may be nonetheless some deep-standing water and it’s actually necessary folks perceive the hazard. Hazards could be hidden, so please don’t stroll or drive into flood water.
“Keep in mind that not solely is flood water prone to be soiled, 30cm (1ft) of fast-flowing water can transfer a mean family-sized automobile, and simply 15cm (6in) of fast-flowing water might be sufficient to knock you off your ft.
“Our groups have been working across the clock with accomplice companies, together with Scottish Authorities, the Met Workplace, emergency providers and native authorities, throughout this main climate occasion.”
The challenges posed by the flooding has been in comparison with these confronted throughout the Beast from the East interval of chilly climate in 2018.
Stein Connelly, head of transport resilience at Transport Scotland, mentioned: “It’s been a particularly difficult 72 hours, with maybe a few of most tough situations we’ve skilled for the reason that Beast from the East.
“By way of Argyll, the realm across the A83 Relaxation and Be Grateful noticed a month’s value of rainfall, round 160mm, fall over 36 hours.
“Solely a small quantity of particles has reached the highway on the Relaxation and Be Grateful itself.
“Security inspections are actually below approach and groups are on web site to start clear-up operations as soon as it’s deemed secure to take action.”
Elsewhere, work is below technique to clear different roads affected by flooding.
The Cowalfest strolling pageant, as a result of be held from October 12 to 16, has been cancelled because of the “unprecedented” rainfall on Saturday which led to flooding, landslides and injury to strolling trails.
Cowalfest chairwoman Agnes Harvey mentioned: “The choice takes under consideration the intensive injury to the Cowal panorama brought on by flooding and the ensuing well being and security dangers to walkers and stroll guides.”