23 February 2015
Nigel Goody, Duty Flooding Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
Scotland has experienced some unusually high spring tides over the past few days. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun. These have had the effect of raising normal spring tide levels by only a few inches, but if low atmospheric pressure and strong winds are added to the mix then the combined effect results in an increased risk of flooding to vulnerable coastal areas. SEPA is keeping a very close eye on the wind and waves to assess if this combined effect will occur.
“There remains a risk of localised flooding along all exposed parts of the west, north and east coasts, and in coastal areas in the Western Isles during Monday and Tuesday. Over this period, there is potential for local scale impacts due to wave overtopping at high tide times along the Solway coast at Dumfries and Galloway, and around the Firth of Clyde and Ayrshire coastlines. High waves may cause overtopping in Shetland, Orkney and along the north east coast, including the Moray coast, however the wind direction is expected to limit the impact of these waves.
"Heavy rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday which may affect western Tayside, Central Scotland and the south west and we are monitoring this closely. We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. The latest updates are available on our website and you can also sign up on our website to receive flood alerts and warnings updates direct to your phone, for free. Do remember that not every area in Scotland is covered by a local flood warning scheme, if there is a regional flood alert out for your area you should prepare for possible flooding.”