Flood outlook - 2 February

date02 February 2016

Nigel Goody, Hydrology Duty Manager for SEPA, said:

Parts of the Highlands continue to receive heavy rainfall which isn’t expected to clear eastwards until later this afternoon. The severe gales experienced overnight are now gradually easing, however gale force winds will continue across western parts until evening. Some prolonged showers are expected in the south west later tonight with snow falling on higher ground, before moving into drier conditions on Wednesday with only a few showers.

"The Rivers Ness, Oykel, Beauly, Conon, and the lower River Spey are likely to see a continued response to this rainfall throughout the day, which might include localised flooding to low lying land, roads and isolated properties across the wider catchment. Various tributaries of the Tay will also remain high during Tuesday meaning minor ongoing flooding is possible.

"Surface water impacts remain possible for much of northern Scotland during Tuesday. Instances of surface water ponding on roads and localised runoff from saturated ground cannot be ruled out until after the rainfall clears later on Tuesday. However, any impacts are expected to be localised and minor.

"High waves are expected to ease as the winds drop during Tuesday with only isolated instances of spray and wave overtopping along exposed western areas and the Caithness and Sutherland coastline.

“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.”