02 January 2014
A storm surge coinciding with high astronomical tides means an increased risk of coastal flooding for some areas in South and West Scotland on Friday 3 January.
In addition to SEPA’s existing warnings for river flooding, updated Flood Alerts for coastal flooding have been issued for areas including Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, West Central Scotland, Argyll and Bute and Skye and Lochaber. More specific Flood Warnings for coastal flooding have been issued for Oban, Corpach, Caol and Fort William for the Friday morning high tide around 07:00 and further flood warnings for all Firth of Clyde target areas for the Friday lunchtime high tide will be issued this evening. Flood Warnings indicate imminent flooding and people should take action now to protect themselves and their property.
We would advise the public to be aware of the Alerts and Warnings for the coastal areas in particular and avoid walking on coastal paths and promenades. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update our information and advice if there are any further developments in the weather that will affect coastal and river flooding. We also urge people to keep themselves up-to date with the latest information and advice for their area by checking the SEPA website, floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates, or calling SEPA's Floodline on 0845 988 1188.