Flood outlook - 26 December

date26 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:

As another band of rain slowly moves northwards throughout today, river levels are still responding to the heaviest downpours overnight, particularly in the Scottish Borders. While the heavy rain has the potential to cause significant flooding in parts of Scottish Borders, the likelihood of this occurring is currently judged to be very low. Minor disruption in eastern parts of Dumfries & Galloway is also likely throughout today as well, including flooding to low lying land, roads and isolated properties.

“Due to ground conditions being saturated by previous rainfall, rivers and small watercourses across eastern Scotland, including southern parts of Aberdeenshire, Dundee & Angus, Fife and parts of eastern parts of Tayside are also expected to respond to the heavy rain. In these areas, minor disruption is likely during Saturday with localised flooding of low-lying areas, and individual properties possible.

“Moving into Sunday, it is expected to be a generally improving picture with river levels likely to decrease. While it is forecast to be mainly dry, patchy rainfall during Sunday evening might give the potential for renewed surface water issues in the Scottish Borders and eastern areas depending on where this falls. Catchments areas are likely to remain saturated from the downpours experienced over Christmas and Boxing day however at present there is no anticipated risk from river flooding.  

“SEPA staff will be working closely with the Met Office and other partners throughout the holiday period to ensure that flood alerts and warnings are issued promptly. We would encourage the public to remain vigilant and check the SEPA website or call SEPA's Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the most up-to-date information on their area.”