Flood outlook - 1 February

date01 February 2016

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:

The Severe weather with high winds and wintry showers will affect most of Scotland today. Long spells of heavy rain will develop in the West and NorthwestHighlands this evening and last until Tuesday afternoon. With snow melt and heavy rainfall at times, there is a potential flood risk currently forecast from rivers and surface water in the North West (Monday to Wednesday) and South West (Thursday-Friday).

“We expect small watercourses and rivers to respond throughout the week, with minor disruption likely across the north west. Impacts may include localised flooding to low lying land, roads and isolated properties.

“There is also a coastal flood risk for the Western Isles today, due to storm force winds generating a large surge and waves. Flooding impacts could include disruption to travel, particularly causeways, from spray and wave overtopping. Elsewhere tides are currently low, however minimal impacts from wave overtopping and spray is possible along exposed northern and western coastlines until Tuesday. Localised impacts are possible throughout Monday and overnight, including areas of the Firth of Clyde.

“Looking ahead to later in the week, the flood risk remains relatively low on Wednesday morning for West coast and North Highland areas as river levels will remain high. On Thursday the flood risk continues as low for Argyll, Skye and Lochaber and Wester Ross from futher persistent rain on saturated catchments. Minor impacts such as localised flooding can be expected. At present, the focus for rain on Friday will be in the south west, with minor impacts possible in Dumfries and Galloway, Western Borders, Arran and Ayrshire and West Central Scotland.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and the latest updates will be available on the 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 or via our website.

"Members of the public can also use the 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.”