Flooding Update at 1530

  24 December 2013

The flooding situation across Scotland is an improving picture, although there are still a number of flood alerts and warnings in place across the country. Scottish rivers have peaked and levels have been falling throughout the day. The situation for western and north-western coastal areas is expected to improve after the next high tide when the tidal surge is forecast to reduce rapidly.

At the start of today there were 26 flood warnings were in place at the height of the event this morning, with flood alerts covering 12 wider areas. All were relatively low level, covering mainly agricultural areas of concern. SEPA has not received any reports of property flooding and river levels in most areas are now receding.

At 15:30 21 flood warnings are still in place in Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Tayside and West Central Scotland.

The high tides which were forecast along the west coast of Scotland have now all peaked, with the exception of Dumbarton and Renfrew, where flood warnings are currently in, place. A large storm surge, caused by the high winds currently affecting the area, will result in the possibility of some localised coastal flooding around high tide at approximately 16:30 this afternoon. The latest predictions are that levels will be slightly lower than the event on 19 December. In addition to the forecast levels, the effect of waves and spray on exposed sections of coastline may also cause some localised flooding.

Our staff will be working throughout the festive period to and the most up-to-date information will be available on our website or via Floodline on 0845 988 1188.