Flooding situation - 7 December 2017

  07 December 2017

Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:

“Storm Caroline brought high winds, a strong tidal surge and some heavy showers to areas of Scotland, resulting in SEPA issuing a number of Flood Alerts and Warnings . While tide levels are falling in many areas, there is still a risk of coastal flood spray and wave overtopping due to the strength of the wind – especially in the North. Rivers that responded to heavy overnight rain will begin to fall during the day and no further disruption due to river flooding is expected.

“Today the Moray coast, north Aberdeenshire coast and Northern Isles are likely to experience spray and wave overtopping around the times of high tide. This may result in some flooding of low-lying land and roads and flooding affecting individual properties in exposed locations.

“A surge and large waves coincided with high tide on the North West mainland and Western Isles this morning, but tide levels and the surge are now falling. Some minor disruption remains possible due to large waves, including spray and wave-overtopping at exposed locations and causeways.

“Around the Solway and Ayrshire coastlines some large waves will continue to cause minor disruption, though tide heights are falling and so the risk is reduced from yesterday.

“Some isolated disruption is possible in the upper Forth around the time of high tide early on Thursday evening, but this is expected to be minimal.

“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.”