Flooding statement - 30 December

  30 December 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:

“Heavy rain has fallen overnight as forecast. Some areas saw 100 mm in 12 hours, which is an exceptional amount of rainfall, especially over already saturated ground

“The main areas of concern in terms of flood impacts are Dumfries and Galloway, Western Borders Tayside and Grampian and south Highland.

“Reflecting the potential impact from significant river levels upstream and downstream of Whitesands in Dumfries, SEPA has issued a Severe Flood Warning for the Whitesands area. This is being done in consultation with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Police Scotland. We are also keeping the situation elsewhere across the country, for example Deeside, under review.

“More localised flooding, which is expected to affect  roads and farmland – maybe isolated properties – across large parts of Central and Southern Scotland, and into North East . The worst of the rainfall has largely passed, but larger rivers will take some time to react as the water moves down towards the sea. Some are reacting now, but in areas like Dumfries the worst of the flooding is expected to co-incide with high tide mid-afternoon today. Rivers further east will take longer to respond. Areas like Callander, Perth, Deeside and Spey areas will continue to see rising levels throughout the day and some will not peak until the 31st.

“However from Friday the situation should start to improve for everyone.

“We would urge people to keep a close eye on Met Office forecasts and on SEPA’s flood updates page which can be found at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/. There is also some advice on our website about preparing for flooding here http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/your-home/

“SEPA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and river levels closely with the Met Office, local authorities and Scottish Government throughout the coming days to keep everyone up to date with the developing picture. Members of the public can also call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”