Flooding outlook 10 January 2020

date10 January 2020

Heavy rain is forecast by the Met Office on Saturday 11 January. Flooding of low lying agricultural land and minor roads is expected across much of the country, along with difficult travelling conditions.

Whilst impacts are possible anywhere, areas in Tayside and the Western Borders are likely to see the largest river flows with impacts in these areas possible until Saturday evening. Flooding of main transport routes and communities is possible.

High tides combined with strong winds coming in from the south means flooding of isolated properties and disruption to transport in western and southern coastal areas and the Islands is also possible.

The Met Office has also issued a weather warning for rain which is valid from 4am until 6pm on Saturday.

SEPA has issued 15 regional Flood Alerts. Some local Flood Warnings are already in place and more will be issued as the situation develops. The most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings are always available at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

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 floodlinescotland.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.