David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
A weather system will reach the UK this afternoon from the west bringing very wet conditions through until Sunday evening. This will cause significant flooding in parts of NW England and SW Scotland.
Very persistent rain through Saturday till later on Sunday across the southern part of Scotland will cause flooding impacts from rivers and surface water to some properties and impact on travel where the rain is heaviest. Up to 75mm of rain is forecast across this area in the 36 hours from Saturday lunchtime. Some upland areas of Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Argyll may even see even higher rainfall totals in this period.
Areas worst affected are likely to be Dumfries and Galloway, up into West Central Scotland, including Ayrshire and Arran to the Trossachs to Argyll and Bute. We expect the rain will clear to blustery showers overnight into Monday. However the rain will also extend to areas of Scottish Borders, Tayside, Fife and Angus where localised flooding may still occur.
We also expect that lively sea conditions will remain through the weekend, particularly in the north and west where there still remains the possibility of isolated instances of spray and wave overtopping at periods of high tide through Monday.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and post the latest flood updates on our website. We’re also encouraging people to sign up to receive free flood messages direct to their phone via our website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188."
Earlier this week SEPA launched ‘Report–a-Flood’ to enable members of the public to share information on current flooding issues in order to help reduce the disruption flooding can have on people’s lives and make communities more resilient. People can report incidents of flooding, whether from sea, rivers or in towns using the tool and SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities moving.
The Scottish Government’s annual Ready for Winter campaign provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/.