Flooding update at 1330

  31 December 2013

After the flooding experienced yesterday, today should bring a slowly improving situation.  Continued rainfall, whilst not at the levels experienced recently, will mean river levels remain high in several areas of Scotland. We do not anticipate that this will cause any significant new impacts today but we will keep a close eye on the progress of further bands of rain expected tomorrow and in particular on Friday.

We expect several flood warnings to be removed today, but more are possible on Wednesday and Friday.  We would encourage people to keep an eye on our flood updates page or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

River levels on Monday showed peaks in the South reflecting an event that would not normally be exceeded in 25 years. For example:

  • At our measurement station upstream of Dumfries, the flood peak of the River Nith was the 4th highest in a record stretching back to 1957.  The levels we measured at Whitesands in the town itself have not been exceeded since 1982.
  • The River Dee in Dumfries & Galloway reached its highest level on record on Monday, as did some locations in the headwaters of the Tweed upstream of Peebles.