The worst affected area in Scotland during Storm Babet is now “improving” but there are still fears of further flooding as a red life-threatening weather warning remains in place.
People in up to 100 properties in Angus, eastern Scotland, have been rescued from their flooded homes, and some have been airlifted, a local authority official said.
The extreme rainfall warning during the storm now ends at 6pm, rather than midnight, and covers a smaller area than on Friday – just Angus and Aberdeenshire.
People were rescued from between 80 and 100 homes in Angus, while residents were taken from their homes by helicopter in Bridge of Dun. Now no one is believed to be abandoned.
Jacqui Semple, Angus Council’s head of risk, resilience and safety, said: “Thankfully the Met Office update and our Sepa update this morning show we have an improving picture and the red warnings and our amber warnings have been lifted. reduced in time scales to 6pm.
“That means we’re seeing definite improvements in our river levels. We’re nowhere near out of the woods. There’s still plenty of rain coming, but less, and there’s still plenty of water. “It’s just on the other side of Angus. “There is a lot of water in the upper basins that will still have to go down into our rivers.”