26 November 2013
The new flood warning service is designed to help the community within the Carron Water catchment which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years.
By signing up to SEPA's Floodline flood warning service, locals will be given free advance notification when flooding is predicted in the area, providing crucial time to prepare and protect themselves, and their properties, against the damage which flooding can cause.
Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at SEPA, said:
As many residents and businesses in Stonehaven will know, flooding is a real threat. We have seen its devastating impact and know that providing even a short amount of warning time helps people to take action. Although this initiative is designed first and foremost for the people who live and work in Stonehaven, those who travel through or visit the flood risk area will also benefit from using Floodline."
It's important to highlight that while signing-up for Floodline is a worthwhile and easy thing to do, it's only part of the process of preparing yourself. We also encourage you to look at ways of protecting your home or business, think about what personal action you can take when flooding is predicted, and do simple things like creating a flood kit (an emergency grab bag) in case the worst happens. SEPA's website has plenty of advice and guidance, and it's never too early to get prepared."
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said:
Scotland's climate is changing more rapidly than ever before and like other communities around the world it is crucial that we adapt to these changes, prepare for further changes to come and minimise their impact.
"I saw the damage and huge distress caused by flooding in Stonehaven first hand last Christmas and welcome any efforts to improve systems that can warn the community of a repeat of the threat of those events. The Scottish Government is pleased to support the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in the creation and running of the Carron Water Flood Warning Scheme but to ensure the scheme is as effective as possible, I would encourage Stonehaven residents to sign up to receive the information it provides. This is so the community can benefit from the maximum possible warning time in the event of a similar incident. Participating in the warning scheme will help community members to prepare, should any further flooding events occur."
Aberdeenshire Council's Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee chairman, Carl Nelson, said:
"The risk from flooding in Stonehaven has been well documented and the potential risk to property and residents is never far from our minds.
"While we continue to progress the delivery of a Flood Protection Scheme for the town, it is important that residents continue to increase their resilience at an individual property level. This free warning scheme should offer vital advance warning, giving time to help prepare and minimise the impact of any natural event.
"This system will be a useful addition to measures already in place and highlights the importance of a coordinated approach across partner agencies and the local community. I am sure that it will be well used by locals and visitors to the town."
In addition to the Floodline service which provides direct warnings to people and businesses in Scotland, SEPA is working in partnership with the Met Office through the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service (SFFS) and provides to all local authorities and emergency services in Scotland daily guidance on potential flood risk for the next 5 days, enabling them to be ready to take early action.
Through the Floodline service SEPA currently provides advance flood warnings for over 250 areas across Scotland, and people can sign up to receive free notifications of flood warning messages direct to their choice of mobile or landline numbers at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup or by calling 0845 988 1188.
24/7 every day of the year you can access SEPA live flood warning information for all of Scotland at www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdatesor by calling Floodline 0845 988 1188.