Flooding outlook - 22 December 2016

date22 December 2016

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

"Due to windy and wet conditions, there is risk of localised flooding inland and along the coast over the coming days, from Friday to Sunday. However the weather is not unusual for this time of year, and we do not expect to see widespread flooding.

"Tomorrow (Friday) through to Sunday morning high winds are expected to bring large waves to exposed coastlines in the North and West (including the Northern and Western Isles). Isolated instances of wave and spray overtopping are likely during periods of high tide.

"Heavy rain is likely to cause surface water flooding, with localised flooding of land and roads and localised disruption to travel. Impacts are likely in parts of Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders as well as West Central Scotland and parts of Central and Tayside.

"The risk of river flooding is low and any impacts will be localised flooding of land and roads – in particular from smaller rivers and watercourses. Over the next few days the areas where these minor impacts are possible is as follows:

  • Friday - Dumfries & Galloway, Western parts of the Scottish Borders, West Central Scotland, Central and Tayside, Argyll & Bute, Skye & Lochaber, and Easter Ross & Great Glen.
  • Saturday – West Central Scotland and Ayrshire and Arran.
  • Sunday - Easter Ross & Great Glen, Caithness & Sutherland, Argyll & Bute, Skye & Lochaber, Findhorn, Nairn, Moray & Speyside, Central and Tayside.

"SEPA staff work throughout the holiday period to continue monitoring rivers, liaising with colleagues in the Met Office and assessing the flood risk. Updates are provided to emergency responders and the public. You can sign up to receive any flood messages to your phone, for free, at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/ and any flood alerts and warnings are also posted on our website at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

"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."