Flooding statement - 22/12/14

date22 December 2014

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

A band of rain with some heavier bursts is expected to persist across southwest Scotland throughout Monday and overnight, with the potential for further localised flooding and surface water issues, particularly across Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and western parts of the Scottish Borders. There remains the risk of further disruption from surface water flooding in urban areas and impacts from river flooding on low lying areas across the southwest before rainfall starts to ease on Tuesday.

“We will continue to monitor water courses throughout the Country but a specific focus over the next 24 hour period will be the Rivers Nith and Cree in Dumfries and Galloway, as the potential remains high for flooding to low lying land, roads and isolated properties in these areas. Transport infrastructure has already been impacted in some parts of Ayrshire and there is likely to be continuing difficult driving conditions due to standing water on the road network.

“Further showers are expected across northern parts of Scotland today which may cause river levels to respond again with instances of flooding in isolated areas of Tayside close to the River Tummel and Lyon.

 “The high tides and large waves resulting from strong westerly winds will affect much of the North West coastline, including the Northern and Western Isles during Monday and Tuesday. 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. 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.”