Flooding statement - 21/12/14

date21 December 2014

Pascal Lardet from SEPA’s Flood Unit, said:

Heavy and persistent rain is expected across western Scotland throughout Sunday, which accompanied by strong southwesterlywinds and snow melt, has the potential to cause localised flooding and surface water issues over the next two days.

“On Sunday specifically, heavy rainfall is likely to cause minor flooding of low lying areas and disruption to transport infrastructure across the west and north west Highlands, Argyll and Bute, West Central, Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway. River levels are expected to respond widely during the afternoon and remain high overnight into Monday, which may result in isolated instances of flooding impacting on individual properties.

“As the rain travels further eastwards during today, minor instances of flooding may extend into areas of Easter Ross and western parts of Speyside, Tayside and the Scottish Borders.

“Tidal levels are high throughout Sunday and Monday, and large waves are anticipated due to strong westerly winds for much ofnorth west coastline, including the Northern and Western Isles. Any impacts are expected to be minimal and due to spray and wave overtopping.

“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling, especially in more rural areas. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website and sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.”