Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:
Wednesday 30th December saw an exceptional flood event in Scotland, both in terms of its intensity and its spread across the country. The damage was done by a particularly intense period of rain from late evening on 29th December to mid-morning on 30th December.
"Over 100mm of rain fell in just 12 hours in some places. Some of the worst impacts were felt in Newton Stewart, Dumfries, Peebles, and Ballater. However, flooding has affected a swathe of Scotland from South West to North East. Some rivers have had their highest ever flows and many more have been at their highest level in a generation or more.
“The number of flood warnings should significantly reduce today (31st December) and tomorrow (1st January). We would however advise people to take care and plan ahead for their journeys as some residual flood water will persist on low lying ground and transport links over the next few days, and there is residual damage that will take time to repair.
“Unfortunately, this may only be a short respite for some areas as a further spell of wet weather is expected Saturday – Monday which may affect North East Scotland. SEPA is already in close consultation with the Met Office. Currently, we do expect flooding but we do not expect the event to be of the same magnitude of Storm Frank or Storm Desmond.
"However, SEPA will closely monitor the forecast and the river levels in consultation with the Met Office and will update the public and emergency responders as necessary. We would urge people to keep a close eye on Met Office forecasts and on SEPA’s flood updates page. There is also some advice on our website about preparing for flooding.
"If you wish to report and alert others to flooding during an event this can be done using Report-a-Flood. 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.
“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. Members of the public can also call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”