24 December 2012
Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
There is a continuing risk of flooding across Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus, Fife, Tayside and the Borders today (24 December). River levels remain high in these areas and forecast rainfall could lead to further impacts although these are unlikely to be on the scale seen over the weekend. As well as being sensitive to further rainfall, these areas may also experience continuing disruption from existing standing water whilst clean up operations take place.
"Further South, there is also a risk of flooding across central and southern Scotland. Further rainfall is expected across these areas today, with the heaviest over Dumfries and Galloway but extending over parts of the Borders by early afternoon. Although the rainfall will not be as heavy as over the weekend, even small amounts of rain could result in localised flooding impacts due to the current saturated conditions.
"River levels across the country are expected to reduce over the next few days, although larger watercourses in the most affected areas will be slower to decline. Further forecast rain on Thursday and Friday may well impact on sensitive areas and we will be keeping a close eye on this.
"SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with local authorities and emergency services. We would encourage people in potentially affected areas to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our website, or by calling 0845 988 1188."