04 January 2016
Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager said:
Due to the persistent rainfall since Friday, river levels have been rising over the weekend, particularly across Tayside, Angus and southern Aberdeenshire. Some rivers have already peaked, most will peak over the course of Monday, but all will stay high throughout Monday and Tuesday.
“As a result, parts of Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Angus are seeing flooding impacts to properties, roads, and farmland, with disruption to travel. Particular focus is on Perth, Brechin, Aberdeen and communities in the Kintore-Inverurie area, where the Inverness-Aberdeen rail line is at risk. However, SEPA is monitoring communities across the North East very closely and we are in very close contact with responders to help them prepare to help the public as much as possible.
“Although the focus of flooding impacts is firmly fixed on north eastern areas today, heavy showers across Caithness and the eastern areas of the Scottish Borders, could result in some localised flooding due to saturated ground conditions. Any impacts are likely to be confined to individual properties, low lying agricultural land and minor roads.
"We are working closely with our partners in the Met Office, affected local authorities and the emergency services to ensure they receive the most up to date forecasts on potential flooding. As always, we would encourage the public to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks, particularly close to areas currently affected by flood water.
"Our Floodline number can be used for the most up-to-date information in your area by phone or text on 0345 988 1188. The SEPA website also details the latest Flood Alerts and Warnings for the whole of Scotland, including information about preparing for flooding at http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/your-home/.”