Statement - Storm Gerrit

Responding to the dramatic impact of Storm Gerrit, the Scottish Greens urged people to observe advice from emergency services and others tackling with the impacts.

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP said: “These are incredibly challenging weather conditions for our communities, and our first priority must be for the safety of all those impacted by the storm.
“I would urge people to heed the advice of the emergency services, local authorities and others working through incredibly difficult circumstances including high winds, snow, floods and fallen trees, and dealing with power outages and significant travel disruption.
“I would urge energy companies to do all they can to ensure power is restored to those cut off as quickly as possible, particularly the most vulnerable, and ensure they are adequately compensated for any disruption to services.
“People should pay attention to advice from police and others, especially around whether this safe or sensible to travel, to allow them to focus resources where they can.
“While the Highlands and Islands have so far suffered the brunt of the storm, it is also extremely concerning to see flood alerts at the other end of the country, and the disruption and damage caused across the country.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected, and continued thanks with those frontline responders trying to keep people safe.
“It is clear we are suffering ever more severe weather as the climate crisis worsens, and we must ensure we can adapt and act accordingly.”