David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
“A series of Flood Alerts and Warnings have been issued for South West Scotland as the remnants of ex-hurricane Ophelia moves in this evening, bringing with it heavy showers, high winds and a strong tidal surge.
“The storm this evening is expected to cause significant disruption to some coastal communities in the Solway Coast and Firth of Clyde. A combination of tidal surge and large waves will cause overtopping along exposed coastal areas, particularly the Mull of Galloway. Impacts are expected to coincide with high tide around 10pm this evening until the early hours of Tuesday. Localised flooding is expected in some areas and the public are advised to be mindful of these conditions and avoid known flood risk areas.
“The current flood risk still remains low from river flooding, with smaller rivers expected to respond to the heavy rain. Any flooding impacts are expected to affect low-lying agricultural areas, however disruption from surface water and difficult driving conditions are possible due to the combined effects of heavy rainfall and strong winds.
“As always, our forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and will provide targeted flood alerts and warnings if required to ensure advance warning is provided on potential flooding in local areas. The most up-to-date flood messages are always available on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website.
“We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in areas susceptible to flooding and sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the most up to date alerts and warnings.
“As the national flood forecasting and flood warning authority, we work in close partnership with the Met Office through the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service, to provide daily updates to Local Authorities and first responders on the potential for flooding across Scotland.”