Flooding update

date25 September 2012

General statement:

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

There remains to be a medium flood risk in South East Scotland. The early rainfall has caused local cases of river flooding in South East Scotland, across East Lothian, Berwickshire and Peebleshire.

“There are currently five flood alerts and nine flood warnings in force. The River Tyne remains very high and flooding disruption is likely into this evening and overnight. Haddington continues to be of most concern, and SEPA is working closely with emergency responders in this area. Areas around Rommanobridge, Peebles, Greenlaw, Shiplaw and Stow also have flood warnings in force although any flooding impacts are expected to ease overnight. Rain in Caithness and Sutherland, Easter Ross and northern area of the Great Glen will see some response in rivers, but flooding impacts are expected to be minimal. There is also a low risk of coastal overtopping and surface water flooding, along the East coast and in the South East.

“SEPA is continuing to monitor the situation across the country and updating its advice accordingly. We would encourage people in the worse affected areas to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions if 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.”

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Haddington specific:

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

A flood warning has been in place for the Haddington area for some time and we are aware some flooding has already occurred. The level of the River Tyne has now peaked and is falling, however further rainfall is expected this evening into the early hours of the morning. This may lead to the river level rising again. East Lothian Council has used sandbags to support the existing flood wall, and to protect properties, and SEPA has recommended these remain in place until the risk has passed.

“SEPA is in regular contact with emergency responders and would encourage people in the worse affected areas to remain vigilant and contact emergency services if you are concerned about your own safety or the safety of others. 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.

“SEPA will be monitoring the situation closely throughout the night.”

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