Flooding update: Tuesday 29 November 2011

  29 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts covering most of the country with the exception of the East coast.

As at 10.30 am, SEPA has 27 Flood Warnings in place covering large parts of southern, western and central Scotland. The worst affected areas are Argyll, Stirling, Tayside and Clackmannanshire. For an up-to-date list of flood alerts and flood warnings please visit our website (http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates) or Floodline 0845 988 1188.

SEPA is actively monitoring, forecasting and issuing warnings as appropriate and is engaged with partner organisations.

Although this weather is similar to what Scotland expects to see every year, the impacts may be more severe locally. Numerous roads are affected by surface water including the M9 in Stirling, M80 at Bannockburn and A84 at Craigforth. Local property flooding from surface water and small watercourses has also been reported from Newton Mearns, Dumbarton and Greenock.

Rivers at particular risk of causing widespread low impact flooding, and some localised medium impact flooding, are the Devon, Kelvin, Forth, White Cart, Nith, Tweed, Earn, Teith, Tay and Allan Water. Minor flooding impacts are likely from rivers, and small watercourses, in other areas, including Fife.

Rivers, small watercourses and burns are all responding to the heavy rainfall that has fallen over the last 12 hours and levels are expected to rise further.  SEPA is monitoring the situation closely and will update warnings as required. Today’s rain will clear away later this afternoon, however further rainfall is expected to affect southern and western areas tomorrow afternoon, which could result in further warnings being issued.


The Rivers Devon, Forth, Teith and Allan Water are causing some concern with some flooding impacts in the Hillfoots and Callander areas. Properties adjacent to the Meadows Car Park in Callander are likely to be at threat of flooding over the next six hours. Levels in the River Devon are causing particular concern in Clackmannanshire. Although property flooding has not yet occurred in the area there is potential for it this afternoon.

West Central Scotland

Undefended parts of the Kelvin and White Cart may flood and there is also likely to be flooding from tributaries feeding into these systems.

Dumfries and Galloway

Further south, the River Nith is expected to flood the Whitesands area of Dumfries. There is a possibility that the adjacent Carriageway and properties associated with the Whitesands area may flood later today. Flooding is likely from small water courses in the Tweed catchment.


All rivers in the catchment have responded to the rainfall and are very high. The River Earn is giving cause for concern and may cause issues in the vicinity of Bridge of Earn. There is also concern about levels in the Tay. Flooding of agricultural land in the River Tay catchment is now widespread.

Findhorn, Nairn

All river levels in the area are high. The River Spey is high, but not as high as at the weekend.

Wester Ross

River levels are high but we do not foresee any major problems, just alerts at present.


Small watercourses are affected. There is widespread flooding of agricultural land.

Last updated: Tuesday 29 November 1300.