SEPA calls on public to be aware of flood risk this weekend

date04 December 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on the public to be aware that heavy persistent rainfall during today (4 December) and Saturday may result in widespread flooding in parts of Scotland this weekend.

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Communities in Tayside, Central, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders may be affected by flooding during Saturday, and travel disruption is expected throughout Scotland.

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:

Flooding is expected to affect many central and southern parts of Scotland which could impact on communities and cause travel disruption across many areas of Scotland over the coming days.

“During Friday persistent and heavy rainfall will move southeast across Scotland with gale force south-westerly winds. Rainfall will be heaviest over central and southern areas of Scotland during Friday evening and throughout Saturday which will cause river levels to rise. River levels in the Tay, Clyde and Tweed catchments are already high and are expected to rise considerably in the next 24 hours.

 “Over the coming days we will continue to monitor levels and update the public on our latest forecasts via social media and Floodline. We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. You can view the latest travel updates in your area on Traffic Scotland.

"We will continually assess the situation and post the latest updates on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We also encourage people to sign up for free flood messages direct to their phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 via our website. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood tool to inform us of flooding incidents/ SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected. Please note that Report A Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services.”

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said:

The forecast is for heavy rain and strong winds with predictions of potential flooding in some areas as well as travel disruption. SEPA are providing flood forecasting and warnings.  The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland are closely monitoring the situation, supporting the efforts of local authorities and the emergency services.

“To ensure that people and businesses are fully prepared for possible flooding, I’d encourage everyone to monitor SEPA’s Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to receive Floodline warnings direct to their phone.”