27 January 2016
Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
High river levels in the Scottish Borders - particularly the Teviot and Jed Waters - are currently causing flooding problems, with Hawick and Jedburgh being severely impacted.
"This has resulted in SEPA issuing a Severe Flood Warning for both these areas but river levels are peaking now, midday Wednesday.
“During Thursday and into Friday there is a risk of flooding which may affect communities, low lying land and roads, and cause travel disruption in Skye and Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Central, Tayside, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, and Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside, and Easter Ross and the Great Glen. Given the saturated ground conditions there is also a risk of surface water flooding during Thursday and Friday across areas of southern 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 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.”