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Scotland flood service to start

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A scheme aimed at delivering earlier flood warnings will be launched in Scotland, it has been reported.

The forecasting service is expected to be a "vital tool" against flooding, according to Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham.

The £750,000 project will link experts at Met Office's operations centre in Aberdeen and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) in Perth to provide emergency services with flood warnings in advance.

The service should be in place by March 2011 and by giving daily notifications about the flood scenario, it can inform local authorities and emergency agencies to act on the issue before it causes rampant destruction.

The service will aim to initiate action on flooding which can cause houses and buildings to be inundated leaving those without home insurance covers with loss of money and property.

The Scottish Government is giving £500,000 towards the development of the project, and Sepa is adding another £250,000.

Ms Cunningham said: "While we cannot completely eliminate the threat of flooding, we can do our very best to prepare and minimise the impact of floods on our communities.

"The Scottish Flood Forecasting Service will be a vital tool in our battle against flooding, as it will help provide the relevant authorities with better, earlier information."

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