03 January 2018
Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said:
High tide levels coupled with stormy weather have caused disruption to coastal communities and road infrastructure along the Solway Coast overnight in the wake of Storm Eleanor, with the potential for further minor impacts expected as the next high-tide approaches around midday today (Wednesday, 3rd January).
The peak of the flooding impacts are expected between 12-1pm at high-tide, as the stormy conditions create further wave overtopping and road disruption from spray and tidal debris along more exposed coastal areas. As Storm Eleanor makes it way further into the North Sea, we are continuing to monitor the Moray and Aberdeenshire coastlines and areas around the Inner Firth of Forth for any potential impacts due to high tides this afternoon.
More broadly, large waves together with high tides have the potential to cause wave overtopping across more exposed stretches of Scotland’s west coast throughout today, with also possible impacts also being felt overnight into Thursday (4th January).
Following high tide this afternoon, conditions are expected to improve, however we would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in coastal communities and low lying or exposed roads susceptible to flooding.
Flood alerts and warnings will be updated throughout the day via the SEPA website and members of the public are encouraged to register for free flood messages, by calling Floodline Scotland on 0345 988 1188 or signing-up online at www.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup.