Widespread Flooding Event - Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2023
** This statement was updated at 9.30pm on Friday 6th October to reflect the fact Local Flood Warnings have now been issued. **
Ruth Ellis, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“A major rainfall event is expected bringing significant prolonged heavy rain throughout Saturday over the Southern Highlands and western Central Belt, with more heavy rain in the north on Sunday.
“As a result, we’re likely to see extensive river and surface water flooding impacts across those areas. Danger to life, widespread property flooding, flooding of roads and disruption to infrastructure is possible.
“We would advise people living and working in the affected areas to consider any steps they need to take now to be prepared for flooding impacts and consider whether their journey is necessary.
“Regional Flood Alerts and more locally specific Flood Warnings have been issued. More Local Flood Warnings will be issued as required.
"We will continue to keep a very close eye on the situation, monitoring 24/7 as well as working closely with the Met Office and other partner agencies.
“We would strongly advise people to sign up to Floodline to receive free updates for where they live, or travel through, directly to their phone. People can also check our Flood Updates for all the latest information and the three-day Scottish Flood Forecast to see what conditions are expected further ahead.”
- Check the latest information on SEPA's regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings at www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/floodupdates.
- Check the latest advice on what to do to prepare for flooding at www.floodlinescotland.org.uk
- Register for SEPA’s free Floodline message service by calling 0345 988 1188 or by clicking www.floodlinescotland.org.uk
- Check the three day Scottish Flood Forecast
Be prepared and stay safe
- Check Floodline – visit floodline.sepa.org.uk
- Don’t walk through flood water – 15cm of fast flowing water could be enough to knock you off your feet and hazards can be hidden under the water.
- Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water. It only takes 30cm of fast flowing water to move an average family sized car.
- If you’re walking beside rivers be extra careful of wet footpaths and small watercourses.
- Consider deploying flooding protection products if required.
What’s the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning?
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.