Dumfries and Galloway Prepares to Face Storm Doris

Dumfries and Galloway is bracing itself for Storm Doris bringing a very unsettled period of weather tomorrow (Thursday) following warnings issued by the Met Office.

The MET Office has issued an Amber ‘Be Prepared’ weather warning for snow and yellow warnings for rain and wind which will affect various parts of the region. The warnings are for adverse weather which will start this evening as Storm Doris hits the country and will continue overnight and for the majority of the day tomorrow.

Council teams have been making preparations and are ready to escalate response levels, but are asking the public to take appropriate measures to keep themselves safe.

Principal Resilience Advisor, Mark Thomson, said “The latest information received from the MET office shows that conditions are going to be particularly challenging during rush hour tomorrow. People should prepare for travel disruption. The forecast heavy rain will result in a lot of surface water on our roads, in addition to the challenges posed by snow fall by those areas affected. We want people to be careful on their journeys tomorrow so build in extra travel time to allow you to travel safely. The adverse weather may also impact on power supplies across the region.”
Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council Ronnie Nicholson said, “Our Council is preparing its teams to respond to the weather as necessary; we have good salt stocks and our gritters are on standby so that they can be sent out to communities when required. Our roads teams will be out and about responding to any localised flooding as necessary. Our care staff have been informed of the forecast weather and have been issued with their winter packs so that they are able to continue to go and provide care to service users across the region. Tactical Managers and our Partners will be alerted to the potential need for action should the impacts be more severe than expected.”

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