THERE is a potential for flooding in the Forth Valley area this week due to melting snow, Sepa has warned.

A flood alert was issued for central Scotland today and is likely to remain in place until tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16).

A statement from Sepa (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) read: "On Monday and Tuesday strong winds and milder air are expected to become established across the area.

"Lying snow is expected to start melting at most levels and although no significant rainfall is expected, there is the potential for flooding from small watercourses and rivers.

"Any flooding impacts are most likely to include flooding to low-lying land and roads and individual properties.

"Surface water may also be an issue in low-lying areas especially if the ground remains frozen.

"SEPA will continue to monitor the situation, round the clock, and further updates will be provided here if the situation changes."

The statement continued: "Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property."

Wee County residents were reminded that advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188 or on the Sepa website.

The Floodline quick dial number for central Scotland is 23100