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New flood warning system launched

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In an effort to protect people from flooding and help save on their home insurance premiums, a new free telephone warning system has been launched in Scotland.

The Floodline direct telephone service will allow people to know when their area is at risk from flooding.

It works by sending messages to registered mobile phones and landlines, warning communities against flooding.

The tailored service is being conducted by Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa), which has increased the number of local flood warning areas to 220.

The agency has warned that 100,000 properties in the country are likely to be affected by floods.

Environment minister Roseanna Cunningham is hoping the new system would allow people "more time to prepare and protect themselves" from flooding.

Authorities are already working to boost flood defences along the Water of Leith in Edinburgh to avoid a repetition of the April 2000 floods, which affected 500 properties causing £25 million of damage.

© Press Association 2011