Flooding outlook statement - 18/07/15

date18 July 2015

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

"The heavy persistent rain experienced overnight is expected to clear throughout today with scattered showers across Scotland. More rain is forecast to arrive overnight into Sunday, with potentially heavy downpours in places, before generally drier conditions emerge during the day on Sunday and Monday.

“As river levels remain high, areas of Central Scotland, Tayside, Aberdeenshire and Dundee and Angus could still experience minor flooding impacts throughout today, dependent on whether further heavier showers fall on saturated areas.Communities affected by yesterday’s serious flooding should not see the worst of the conditions today.

“Surface water on roads and urban areas has the potential to affect much of the west coast today, especially in south western areas such as Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow and West Central Scotland. The showers expected overnight into Sunday morning could lead to localised flooding of low-lying rural area, however these impacts are likely to be minimal.

“Whilst large waves are expected along the west coast, particularly around the Inner Hebrides, the risk of coastal flooding remains very low.

“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of these conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website and sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.”