Ayrshire residents urged to sign up for flood warnings

  01 March 2022
More than 1,300 households are being encouraged to sign up for notifications from the Ayr and Annick Flood Warning schemes.

People living, working, and travelling in areas at risk of flooding in Ayrshire are being urged to sign up for free local Flood Warnings through Floodline, a service operated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Receiving advance notice of flooding allows communities and businesses more time to act and reduce the risk of damage and disruption. This may involve deploying flood protection products, moving vehicles from at risk areas and changing plans. Anyone signed up to Floodline will receive an automated message to a landline or mobile, via text or phone call, when flooding is expected to occur. Multiple phone numbers can be included within one account to ensure the message reaches all who need it and can also be received for more than one area.

Around 1,350 homes were sent postcards last month with information on two flood warning schemes for the Ayr and Annick Waters. These schemes were developed by SEPA in partnership with South and North Ayrshire Councils and prioritised under the Flood Risk Management planning process introduced by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. The schemes cover the following communities:

Annick Water Scheme, Flood Warning Areas

  • Stewarton
  • Perceton
  • Annick Water, Irvine

River Ayr Scheme, Flood Warning Areas

  • Sorn
  • Catrine
  • River Ayr, Failford

In addition to the two schemes, SEPA also improved the flood warning scheme for the River Irvine by recalibrating existing flood warning areas and introducing a new one in Springbank. The existing area for Queens Drive, New Mill Road and Samson Avenue has been extended. The Irvine Waterside/Low Green warning area has been renamed as ‘Low Green, Irvine’.

Pascal Lardet, Flood Warning Unit Manager, said: “Extreme weather and rising river levels will only become more common because of climate change, so it’s vital that communities are supported to prepare more effectively for the impacts of flooding.

“We would encourage all of those who live, work and travel in the Ayr and Annick Flood Warning areas to sign up for our warnings for their safety and convenience.

“These warnings are there to help people prepare for flooding incidents and this service will allow people to consider their plans and take appropriate action.”

Find out more and sign up at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/ or by calling 0345 988 1188.

Information on what to do before, during and after flooding, and tips to protect your home or business can also be found at https://floodlinescotland.org.uk/


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SEPA responsibilities

SEPA is Scotland’s national flood forecasting, flood warning authority and strategic flood risk management authority.

  • We work in partnership with the Met Office to forecast for flooding and operate Floodline in Scotland to warn the public and emergency responders when flooding is likely.
  • We operate a 24-hour, 365 days a year flood warning service to inform first responders, local authorities and emergency services of emerging flood events and the potential impact on local communities and critical infrastructure.
  • We produce Scotland's Flood Risk Management Plans.
  • We work closely with other organisations responsible for managing flood risk to ensure that a nationally consistent approach to flood risk management is adopted.
  • We provide flood risk advice to land use planning in Scotland when requested.
  • We raise awareness of flooding at a national level through education initiatives, community engagement and campaigns.
  • All SEPA’s regional flood alerts and local flood warnings are available on our website at sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/
  • Floodline is always the most up-to-date information, with any new flood updates available as soon as they are issued.
  • You can also sign up to receive these messages to your phone, for free. You can register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/

Local Authority responsibilities

Local authorities are responsible for producing Scotland’s first Local Flood Risk Management Plans and work in partnership with SEPA, Scottish Water and other responsible authorities to develop these.

It is the responsibility of the local authority to implement and maintain flood protection actions. Local authorities also inspect, clear and repair watercourses to reduce flood risk and routinely maintain road gullies on public roads and highways.

During severe flooding, local authorities will work with the emergency services and co-ordinate shelter for people evacuated from their homes.