Flooding update for 24 January

date24 January 2018

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:

“River levels have responded to rain and snowmelt overnight in parts of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Communities along the Clyde Valley, the River Nith (the Whitesands area of Dumfries and New Cumnock) and communities in the Borders have been the worst affected, although at the present time SEPA understands that property flooding has been restricted to isolated properties in these areas. Roads have been affected, including the closure of the A72 along the Clyde valley and A68 at Jedburgh. Many other minor roads will be affected across the region due to surface water flooding.

“The weather situation is expected to ease throughout Wednesday as the rainfall becomes more showery in nature and snowmelt starts to reduce, however river levels will remain high and flooding of land, roads and individual properties is possible. Local travel disruption is also possible.

“Tributaries have peaked in the Scottish Borders but rivers in the lower reaches of the Tweed and Teviot are still rising.

“The River Nith at the Whitesands area of Dumfries and Galloway is due to peak around lunch time.

“Heavy rain has caused rivers across central Scotland, Tayside, Speyside, and the Clyde to rise and localised flooding of low lying land and disruption to travel is possible during today. Impacts are expected to be largely confined to agricultural land and isolated properties, with disruption on some roads and transport links due to surface water. River levels especially in the lower reaches will remain high throughout the day and into tomorrow. SEPA are closely monitoring and some further warnings are possible as the water comes through the river network.

“Minor surface water impacts are possible today wherever there has been large amounts of snow and rain. Localised flooding of land and roads, as well as disruption to travel, is possible.

“Strong winds on the west coast will result in large waves. This coincides with low tides so impacts are expected to be low but there may be some spray and wave overtopping along exposed western coastlines.

“We continue to work closely with our partners in the Met Office, the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service and local authorities to ensure they have the latest updates and would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in isolated, low lying agricultural areas susceptible to flooding.

“Live, real-time flood updates are available on the SEPA website or for specific notifications for your area, please sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”

ENDS

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