Flooding update Wednesday 30 November 2011

date30 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts covering most of the country with the exception of the east coast.

As at 1pm, SEPA has 13 Flood Warnings in place covering parts of southern and central Scotland. Whilst river levels are now generally falling they remain high in Stirlingshire, Tayside and Dumfries & Galloway. For an up-to-date list of Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings please visit our website (http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates) or Floodline 0845 988 1188.

SEPA is actively monitoring, forecasting and updating warnings as appropriate and is engaged with partner organisations.

Current situation

The Met Office forecasts another band of rain to cross Scotland from the west from Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, this, heavy at times over Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Central and western Tayside. Once this weather system is through we should see a return to more showery conditions. 

Many river catchments in central and southern Scotland have seen significant rainfall over the past week leading to saturated ground conditions and high river and loch levels. SEPA’s monitoring indicates that the River Earn in Tayside, River Forth and tributaries in Central, River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway and Loch Lomond remain high at present and are likely to rise in response to the forecast rain on Wednesday evening into Thursday. In these areas, some moderate levels of disruption is expected.

Outlook for the next 24-48 hours 

The Met Office predicts that showers today will merge into more persistent rainfall later this evening and overnight. The focus of this rainfall will be across Dumfries and Galloway and the southern Highlands.

River levels will generally continue to fall into this evening. The next band of rain forecast for this evening however, will result in rivers, particularly in Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll, Stirling and Tayside, rising from late evening onwards with the potential for further Flood Warnings to be issued later today and into early Thursday.

SEPA continues to monitor the situation closely and would urge people to remain vigilant and use Floodline to keep informed of the latest flooding predictions.