Flooding situation in Scotland - 16.30, Wed 10 Aug

  10 August 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) currently has a number of Flood Alerts in force due to persistent rain.

More Alerts are likely to be issued later today as the band of rain moves to the North and East, particularly in the Moray and Easter Ross areas. To check the current situation please see our live flood updates page, which will be regularly updated throughout the day.

We expect to see a gradual rise in river levels, but as rain is persistent rather than thundery downpours, we do not expect to see any sudden increases. Accumulation of surface water and standing water is also anticipated. There was heavier rain in the northern Borders than anticipated this morning, and this may lead to a Flood Warning being issued in the area later on this evening. There is also the potential for Flood Warnings to be issued later for parts of Tayside, Fife, Lothian and Central areas, but only if rivers are more significantly affected.

If anyone is concerned about flooding we encourage them to help themselves by using Floodline, 0845 988 11 88 or www.sepa.org.uk/flooding.aspx where there is information on what Alerts and Warnings we have out, as well as advice on how to help prepare for flooding.

People can also now sign up to receive free advance flood warning messages direct to their phone, so they'll know exactly when flooding has been forecast for their local area, providing valuable time to take action. You can sign up for free advance flood warning messages direct online or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.