Flooding forecast for parts of coastal Scotland

date02 January 2018

High tides combined with a large storm surge are expected throughout some coastal parts of Scotland late tonight (Tuesday 2nd January) into Wednesday (3rd January), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has today warned.

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Coastal communities and roads may experience flooding during times at and around high tide midnight Tuesday (2nd January) and midday Wednesday (3rd January).  Of particular concern are communities around the Solway Firth, where some property and infrastructure flooding may be experienced, with a number of local flood warnings in force.

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said:

“SEPA is expecting coastal flooding in the South West of Scotland overnight tonight, Tuesday into Wednesday 3rd January.  The peak of the flooding is expected around high-tide midnight tonight, and then again early afternoon on Wednesday.  The key concern is for a cluster of communities between the Isle of Whithorn and Kirkcubright.  In these areas we are expecting coastal flooding of properties, roads and other infrastructure.

“SEPA will be updating communities over the course of today with information and specific advice for specific areas.  Communities can also find information on what to do by dialling Floodline Scotland on 0345 988 1188 or on SEPA’s website at sepa.org.uk”.

SEPA is also closely monitoring coasts exposed to westerly winds in Ayrshire and Arran, the Moray Firth and areas around the Inner Firth of Forth.  Levels in these areas are not currently expected to be as high as those in the Solway Firth but much depends on the exact track of Storm Eleanor.

As always, our forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further regional flood alerts and local flood warnings if required to ensure advance warning is provided on potential flooding in local areas.  The most up-to-date flood messages are always available on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website.

We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in areas susceptible to flooding.  Advice and information is available through Floodline on 0345 988 1188.  Members of the public are encouraged to register to receive free flood messages, by calling Floodline or signing-up online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup

As the national flood forecasting and flood warning authority, we work in close partnership with the Met Office through the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service, to provide daily updates to local authorities and first responders on the potential for flooding across Scotland.