Flooding update - 15 November

date15 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:

Last night we saw heavy rainfall pretty much as we expected, so far we’ve seen 40-50mm over parts of Dumfries and Galloway, and around 30mm further north over Ayrshire and into the Glasgow area.

The prolonged period of persistent rain is still causing some flooding problems across South and Central Scotland – mostly from small watercourses and surface water. Rivers in the south of Scotland are now very high with many near bank full. SEPA’s 'Report-a-Flood' page includes reports of flooding from small watercourses and surface water. These are submitted by the public and provide valuable information of what areas are affected. Reports received in the last 24 hours include some from Ayrshire, Arran, Argyll, Dunbartonshire, Falkirk and Glasgow.

Another band of heavy rain is expected this afternoon into this evening bringing another 20-30mm for Dumfries and Galloway, 40mm for higher ground in Ayrshire and 30mm is possible for Glasgow.  

We anticipate some significant river flooding and surface water impacts in South West Scotland on Sunday through into Monday. In the rest of southern and central Scotland some significant impacts are possible from river and surface water flooding but generally minor impacts are more likely.

There is  potential for impacts to parts of communities, damage to buildings and disruption to infrastructure. In the Central region, Tayside, Fife and the western Borders some significant impacts are also possible but the main focus is expected further south and west.

Like yesterday we expect that lively sea conditions will remain through Sunday and into Monday, particularly in the north and west where there still remains the possibility of isolated instances of spray and wave overtopping at periods of high tide through Monday.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and post the latest flood updates on our website. We’re also encouraging people to sign up to receive free flood messages direct to their phone via our website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood. People can report incidents of flooding, whether from sea, rivers or in towns using the tool and SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities moving."

The Scottish Government’s annual Ready for Winter campaign provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/.