Flooding outlook - 17/07/15

  17 July 2015

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

"The current band of heavy rain is expected to clear across Aberdeenshire and north eastern areas during this afternoon, with the potential for continued surface water flooding due to high rainfall totals overnight and this morning.

“Areas of Central Scotland, Tayside, Dundee and Angus, have experienced significant disruption following an intense period of rainfall this morning which caused widespread surface water on roads and built up areas. The Rivers Earn, Almond, Carron and South Esk have responded quickly this morning with flooding in isolated stretches causing disruption to local communities and infrastructure.  There may well be further impacts this afternoon in low lying areas although the situation will generally improve overnight.

“Overnight into Saturday, a further band of rain is due to affect areas of Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow and West Central Scotland, with the most intense, prolonged showers expected on Saturday morning. Skye and Lochaber are expected to experience significant rainfall totals overnight and throughout Saturday, with over 80mm of rain forecast. Again, surface water flooding has the potential to cause widespread disruption on road networks and urban areas, while river levels are likely to respond quickly, with some minor disruption possible in rural areas.

“Whilst large waves are expected along the west coast, particularly around the Inner Hebrides, the risk of coastal flooding remains very low.

“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of these conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website and sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.”