Flooding statement - 8 August 12.35

  11 August 2014

Heavy and persistent rainfall has resulted in a number of surface water flood problems, including property flooding and transport issues, across the North East of Scotland.

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:

“We are now seeing the larger rivers respond and further flooding impacts are anticipated in Huntly, Elgin and communities along the River Spey including Kingussie, Newtonmore, Aviemore, Aberlour, Rothes, Garmouth and Kingston. There is also the possibility of issues on the Dee, Don (including impacts to camp sites adjacent to these rivers) and Findhorn later today.

“We’re continuing to closely monitor the situation, update Floodline and work with our partners in Police Scotland and local authorities. The latest alerts and warnings are available on our website and you can also sign up on our website to receive them direct to your phone, for free. Do remember that not every area in Scotland is covered by a flood warning scheme, if there is a flood alert out for your area you should prepare for flooding.”

The heaviest of the rain should ease through this morning and become more showery. The region’s larger rivers will continue to rise for some time to come and the full impacts may not be realised until later this afternoon. However, we do expect the situation in most areas to ease through this evening and overnight.