Flooding outlook - 7 March

date07 March 2015

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:

"Water levels in the North West of Scotland have risen overnight due to heavy rainfall and snowmelt, particularly in Skye, Lochaber, the Great Glen and the rivers Ness, Beauly, Conon, Shin and Spey. These are expected to continue to rise as the rain and milder temperatures persist through Saturday and surface water may also cause problems in these areas. The heavy rain is also affecting rivers in Tayside and the Callander area.

"Localised flooding of low-lying land and roads is expected, and there may be some disruption to travel. Flooding of individual properties in low-lying areas is also possible.

"In addition, strong winds will cause spray and wave over-topping around the Moray, East Caithness and Sutherland coasts, as well as the Northern and Western Isles. However, no significant impacts are expected from this.

"SEPA will continue to monitor water levels and issue Flood Alerts and Warnings as required. Most rivers should begin to peak and fall early on Sunday morning as the rain moves away and freezing levels fall.

"We advise people to keep an eye on our flood update pages at www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates  or call 0345 988 1188 for information."