Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
Heavy overnight rainfall across, especially, the south and west of Scotland, has caused river levels across this region to rise significantly. The worst affected areas appear to be the southern Highlands, west central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway where in excess of 50mm of rainfall fell in a 12 hour period.
"The Trossachs, South Argyll and parts of Dumfries and Galloway have been particularly badly affected by this event with widespread reports of local flooding from Comrie, Dunblane, Aberfoyle and Callender. The worst flooding appears to have been located in Comrie where around 100 properties have been affected. Water levels in the Comrie area are now falling, but as the flood wave moves down the River Earn other areas, such as Bridge of Earn, may be at increased risk of flooding later today. In Dumfries and Galloway we are expecting flooding in the Whitesands area of the town this evening and there are also reports of serious flooding from the River Cree in Newton Stewart.
"At present eight flood alerts covering Caithness and Sutherland, Central, Dumfries and Galloway, Tayside, West Central Scotland, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran and Skye and Lochaber are in place. Flood warnings have also been issued for Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Whitesands, Ballinluig to Logierait, Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, Crieff to Innerpeffray, Glen Lyon, Grandtully Bridge to Logierait Viaduct, Innerpeffray to Bridge of Earn, Logierait to Vistoria Bridge, Taymouth Castle to Boat of Cluny, and Pollok Country Park.
"SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and update its advice accordingly. We would encourage people in the areas potentially at risk to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our website, or by calling 0845 988 1188."