Thawing and flooding - update 5

  16 January 2010

The ongoing thaw of recent days, in combination with a spell of heavy rain which crossed much of Scotland overnight and into today (Saturday, 16 January), has resulted in a rapid rise in river levels across much of Scotland, especially in the south and east of Scotland where SEPA has issued seven flood warnings. We also have 18 flood watch messages in force which extend from the Borders to Caithness and Sutherland.

SEPA is not expecting any further significant rainfall across the country during the next 12- 24 hours. Although the thaw of any lying snow is due to continue, we expect river levels to start to fall during the evening and overnight period. However, SEPA will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Throughout the next 24 hours there remains the risk of localised surface water flooding which may be exacerbated by frozen ground and residual ice blocking the free drainage of surface water.

SEPA monitors rainfall and river levels around the clock, using this information to update the SEPA website with flood alerts as appropriate. This information can be accessed through SEPA’s live flood updates and also via 0845 988 1188. SEPA encourages anyone concerned about the possibility of flooding to use these sources of information and ensure they are prepared and have plans in place should there be any issues.