14 January 2015
David Faichney, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
“A band of heavy rain, preceded by some more snow, is expected to extend across Scotland on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. This will be accompanied by strong winds and we will see a complete thaw of the lying snow at lower levels. This may result in localised flooding of land and roads across Tayside, Central, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries and Galloway as rivers respond. Given the saturated ground and high loch levels some flooding problems may also occur in low-lying areas of the Highlands.
“We will also be continuing to keep a close eye on the Firth of Clyde through the coming days. A large storm surge is expected to coincide with the high tide in the Firth of Clyde at around 7am on Thursday morning. This could cause some minor flooding in low lying areas of Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Largs and North Renfrew. Impacts could be similar to those of last week.
“SEPA is continuing to monitor the situation. People can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website at www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates. You can also sign up to receive flood messages direct to your phone, for free, on our website at www.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”