12 October 2018
David Faichney, SEPA Duty Flood Manager, said:
"Storm Callum has now reached Scotland and we have already seen an increase in wind and rain across the country. SEPA is expecting flooding impacts from the rain across much of Scotland and from the wind in coastal areas.
“As of Friday morning there are five Flood Alerts in place for Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Skye and Lochaber. A Flood Warning for the Orkney Churchill Barriers has also been issued.
Rainfall and rivers
"Prolonged heavy rain is expected across much of the country today, particularly across Southern Scotland and the Central Belt. These areas will see some flooding impacts including; disruption to travel, flooding of low lying agricultural land and other known trouble spots, and isolated property flooding.
“Depending on the total rainfall accumulations, some parts could see significant property flooding. We are keeping a very close eye in particular on an area around Eastern Dumfriesshire and the Western Borders.
Wind and waves
"Strong winds are also creating a combination of storm surge and wave impacts for coastal areas in the south and west, including the Solway coast, Firth of Clyde and Loch Linnhe. This is likely to cause wave and spray over-topping, resulting in disruption to travel and potentially isolated coastal property flooding.
“The main times of risk are at high tides this afternoon though to early Saturday morning. Orkney and the Moray Firth may also see some localised coastal impacts this evening and early tomorrow morning, particularly around high tide.
"SEPA is be working 24/7 to monitor rainfall, river and coastal levels, and is in close contact with the Met Office and other partners to review the forecasts and flood alerts and warnings. We encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and follow the advice of emergency services. The most up-to-date flood messages are always available on SEPA’s website and via our Floodline service on 0345 988 1188.
"You can also sign up to receive specific notifications for your area by signing up to Floodline via the phone number or visiting our website."