Flood Outlook - 21 December

date21 December 2015

David Faichney, Hydrology Duty Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

December’s unsettled weather continues. The rain earlier today has caused some rivers to respond already and with further heavy rain forecast for southern and western areas of Scotland overnight, river levels are set to continue to rise in some areas until later on Tuesday.

"In parts of Dumfries and Galloway, Western Scottish Borders, and Tayside the Met Office are forecasting a further 20-30mm widespread (with up to 40-50mm over the hills) rainfall overnight into Tuesday. Another band of heavy rain is currently forecast to cross Scotland from the south west on Wednesday into Thursday.

"High rainfall in these areas in recent weeks means that the ground is already saturated, loch levels are high and in some areas there is standing flood water remaining from previous events. This combined with reported damage to a few agricultural flood banks in some areas means that flooding of agricultural land could happen at lower levels than normal.

"SEPA continue to monitor the situation and will issue appropriate flood alerts and warnings for affected areas."

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