David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
Following the extreme weather and high rainfall totals we’ve experienced over the weekend, it will be a generally improving picture over the next few days. River levels are generally falling, however larger rivers such as the river Tay and the River Teith at Callander will stay high throughout the day.
"Scattered heavy showers could cause a further 5 – 10 mm of rain across the South West today with localised flooding possible from smaller watercourses where river levels are already high and the ground conditions saturated from the weekend’s heavy rainfall. Again, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and West Central Scotland are expected to see the most rainfall, with Central areas and Tayside also expected to respond to further showers today.
"Blustery conditions are set to continue throughout today and into Tuesday, with strong to gale force winds of up to 70 mph expected across the Western Isles, Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. The combination of a high tidal surge, wind and wave effects caused by the gale force winds, could cause localised flooding from wave overtopping and spray overnight tonight into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Most at risk are exposed west facing coastlines and causeways.
"Another band of heavy rain is expected to move in on Wednesday and has the potential to cause continued flooding in catchments which are currently overloaded.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and post the latest updates on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We would 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, whether from sea, rivers or in towns. SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected."
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/.