SEPA invites locals to learn about new flood warning scheme for Airth

date25 September 2017

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood aware by attending a special drop-in session on the launch of the new flood warning scheme for Airth on Tuesday 3 October – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the free Floodline service in Scotland.

Almost 130 homes and businesses which are at risk of flooding from the Firth of Forth will directly benefit from the introduction of the new flood warning scheme in Airth. The scheme is based on state-of-the-art real-time flood forecasting models and will provide advance warning when flooding is predicted.

Locals are invited to attend a drop-in session at Airth Welfare Hall from 2.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 3 October to find out more about how signing up to receive advance warning of flooding can help you be flood-prepared.

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Flood Unit Manager, said:

We hope that as many people as possible who live and work in, or travel through, the area will be able to come along to our drop-in session for the launch of the Airth flood warning scheme. Our officers will explain how our Floodline service operates and how it can help everybody prepare for the possibility of flooding.

“Our Floodline customers will receive free advance notification when flooding is predicted, providing crucial time to prepare and protect themselves, and their properties, against the disruption and damage which flooding can cause.


“Remember that it’s never too early to sign up to the new flood warning scheme for Airth and be prepared to take action. We will continue to work with our partner organisations to ensure more people take advantage of this important service.”

Councillor Paul Garner, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for The Environment said:

SEPA’s Floodline is free and provides residents with the ability to receive messages directly to their phone should the area be under threat by potential flooding. This drop-in session will help residents in the Airth community get a better understanding of how beneficial it can be to be prepared for flooding.”

Kirsty MacRae, Director of the Scottish Flood Forum said:

The new flood warning scheme is good news, giving people time to prepare themselves and their properties for possible flooding. For more information on practical steps that can be taken, we suggest people visit the Scottish Flood Forum website for support and advice.”

Through the Floodline service SEPA currently provides advance flood warnings for over 280 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 www.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup or by calling 0345 988 1188.

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