Flooding outlook - 7 December

date07 December 2015

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

Many areas of Scotland are still feeling the impacts of flooding from the weekend.

“During late afternoon today, a band of heavy rain is expected to spread across Scotland from the west. There is a potential risk of flooding in the Southern Uplands and Southern Highlands, where the forecast rainfall will be heaviest, as river levels there rise. Across the rest of the country river levels are generally expected to fall.

“From Monday evening localised flooding and travel disruption, as a result of surface water and small watercourses, is possible in Argyll and Bute, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran.

“Flooding impacts may then affect communities and cause travel disruption, from late evening Monday and into Tuesday, for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Dundee and Angus, Tayside, Central, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

“A further band of heavy rain is expected on Wednesday which may affect those parts of the country which were impacted by flooding over the weekend, in particular Dumfries and Galloway, the western Borders and western parts of Central and Tayside.

“We are continuing to monitor river levels and assess the implications of the latest weather forecast updates. We will update the public on our latest forecasts via social media and Floodline. We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. You can view the latest travel updates in your area on Traffic Scotland.

“The latest updates are available on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We also encourage people to sign up for free flood messages direct to their phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 via our website. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood tool to inform us of flooding incidents/ SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected. Please note that Report A Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services.”

Flooding Minister Dr Aileen McLeod said:

Firstly, our thoughts are with all of those whose homes and businesses have been affected by the serious flooding.

“Of course we know that the impact would have been much worse had it not been for the first-class emergency response by a number of agencies. I would again like to thank everyone involved in the important and ongoing recovery process.

“The Scottish Government is working closely with SEPA and Transport Scotland to monitor and access the implications of the latest weather forecast updates so that we can continue to support the work of local authorities and the emergency services.

“As we expect further localised flooding and travel disruption over the coming days I would encourage everyone to check SEPA’s Floodline website for the latest information and to sign up to receive Floodline warnings direct to their phone.”

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