Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager said:
“Persistent rain has been predominantly affecting the north-east of the country since Friday night. Rivers have been rising since Saturday and flood warnings have been issued. It’s important to note that the rain is less intense but more prolonged than during storm Frank. This means that rivers will rise more slowly but then stay high for much longer - from Sunday through till Tuesday. The peak for most areas will be on Sunday night and Monday morning. As always with unsettled weather, we encourage people to bookmark, and check on, our live flood updates page at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/
"The main focus of concern is for river levels around the North East. We’re keeping a particularly close eye on river levels around Kintore-Inverurie, Brechin and Aberdeen, but also on communities throughout the northeast, the Borders and Caithness. As always, we are working closely with partner organisations to give Local Authorities the latest information in areas where river banks and defences have been damaged by storm Frank, for example in Ballater. In addition, strong winds along the East coast means that the public need to take care from wave impacts particularly in Aberdeenshire, Caithness, and the Northern Isles.
"Please stay safe when you’re out and about and don’t take any unnecessary risks. Be particularly careful around flood water. Follow the advice of the emergency services, and don’t attempt to drive through it.
Our Floodline number can also be used get information by phone or text by calling 0345 988 1188. There is also advice on our website about preparing for flooding at http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/your-home/”