Flood outlook - 16 February

date16 February 2016

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:

There is a risk of river and surface water flooding in south west Scotland from Tuesday evening into Wednesday due to a period of heavy rain and snowmelt.

“River levels are expected to remain high into Wednesday and this may result in flood impacts affecting communities in Dumfries and Galloway, and also cause travel disruption and  localised flooding of low-lying land and roads in Ayrshire and Arran, West Central Scotland, and western parts of the Scottish Borders.

“In addition to these areas, surface water flooding and travel disruption is possible during this time across the Western Isles, Wester Ross, Easter Ross and Great Glen, Skye and Lochaber, Tayside, Argyll and Bute, and Central Scotland.

“Whilst localised flooding is possible across these areas, we are not anticipating the flooding to be anywhere near as severe or extensive as that which affected many communities across Scotland during December and early January.

“The latest flood alerts and warnings are 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.”