Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:
“Widespread flooding in parts of Scotland could affect some communities, and travel disruption is likely across many areas of Scotland over the coming days.
“During Friday persistent and heavy rainfall will move southeast across Scotland with gale force south-westerly winds. Rainfall will be heaviest over central and southern areas of Scotland during Friday evening and throughout Saturday which will cause river levels to rise. River levels in the Tay, Clyde and Tweed catchments are already high and are expected to rise further in the next 24 hours.
“Flooding impacts are likely to affect communities and cause travel disruption in Tayside, Central, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders from early Saturday morning.
“Over the coming days we will continually monitor levels and reassess the implications of the latest weather forecast updates for these areas. We will update the public on our latest forecasts via social media and Floodline. We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. You can view the latest travel updates in your area on Traffic Scotland.
"We will continually assess the situation and post the latest updates on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We also encourage people to sign up for free flood messages direct to their phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 via our website. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood tool to inform us of flooding incidents/ SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected. Please note that Report A Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services.”