Potential flooding impacts 5 - 6 December 2019

date04 December 2019

A band of persistent and heavy rain will affect Western parts of Scotland on Thursday followed by heavy wintry showers on Friday. This is likely to cause surface water flooding affecting the transport network. Localised flooding is also possible from small rivers rising quickly in response to heavy rain. In urban areas drainage issues could cause hazardous driving conditions.

There is a Met Office weather warning for rain valid from Thursday 6am to Friday midday. SEPA has issued regional Flood Alerts covering west and central Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway to Caithness and we will be issuing local Flood Warnings as the situation develops on Thursday.

What are Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings?

We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our own observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.

Regional Flood Alerts are early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area. The purpose of the Alerts is to make people aware of the risk of flooding and be prepared. We normally issue them 12 to 24 hours in advance of the possibility of flooding.

Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where we have gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.

What should I do?

People should be prepared for the eventuality that flooding will affect them:

  • On the road or on public transport we can expect difficult conditions. Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water.

  • If you are walking along rivers, be also extra careful of wet footpaths and possibly small watercourses in spate.

  • If your property is vulnerable you should be ready to take action, assess your risk, if required move your car to higher ground, put in place flood guards if you have such equipment, and protect valuables.

  • Report-A-Flood enables anyone to share information on current flooding issues, helping to reduce the disruption which flooding can cause. Share details of any flooding in your area at org.uk/report-a-flood/

SEPA will continue to monitor the situation closely. All our Flood Alerts and Warnings currently in place can be viewed at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also find out the latest travel updates by visiting trafficscotland.org.