Flood outlook - 26 January

date26 January 2016

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Head of Hydrology, said:

As a result of persistent rainfall this morning, localised flooding of low lying areas and disruption to travel may occur today across the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Skye and Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Central, Tayside, Angus and southern Aberdeenshire.

“A combination of surge and large waves along with gale force winds could also result in localised overtopping and spray as well as some flooding of low lying land and roads in Argyll and Bute, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran, and Dumfries and Galloway. This risk is greatest around the time of high water on the Galloway coast (12:45) and in the Clyde estuary (13:15).

“The situation is expected to improve later today before further unsettled weather moves in on Thursday. We will continue 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 recently launched 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.”