Flooding outlook : 11:00 Sunday 9th February 2020

date09 February 2020

Flooding outlook : 11:00 Sunday 9th February 2020

15 Regional Flood Alerts & 60 Local Flood Warnings are now in force from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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

"Overnight and across today, Storm Ciara has continued to batter Scotland with a dangerous combination of high tides, high storm surge & high inshore waves across coastal areas. Whilst we’ve seen some powerful sprays, it’s important that people recognise the significant risks, avoid crashing waves and follow the advice of emergency services and local councils.

"As well as coastal impacts, we’ve seen heavy rainfall cross Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. We’re seeing widespread minor river flooding impacts with significant impacts in a few areas. Avoid driving or walking through flood waters.

“Even as the worst of the rainfall clears eastwards, rivers may continue to rise for several hours as they respond to the rainfall upstream. Whilst we’re seeing an improving flood risk situation as rainfall turns to sleet and snow, people should continue to check the latest weather and travel information from the Met Office, Police Scotland and partner agencies.”

For the latest information on regional flood alerts and local flood warnings, or to sign up to Floodline call 0345 988 1188 or visit www.floodlinescotland.org.uk

What are Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings?

We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our own observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.

Regional Flood Alerts are early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area.

The purpose of the Alerts is to make people aware of the risk of flooding and be prepared. We normally issue them 12 to 24 hours in advance of the possibility of flooding.

Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where we have gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.

What should I do?

People should be prepared for the eventuality that flooding will affect them:

• On the road or on public transport we can expect difficult conditions. Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water.

• If you are walking along rivers, be also extra careful of wet footpaths and possibly small watercourses in spate.

• If your property is vulnerable you should be ready to take action, assess your risk, if required move your car to higher ground, put in place flood guards if you have such equipment, and protect valuables.

• Report-A-Flood enables anyone to share information on current flooding issues, helping to reduce the disruption which flooding can cause. Share details of any flooding in your area at floodlinescotland.org.uk/report-a-flood/

SEPA will continue to monitor the situation closely. All our Flood Alerts and Warnings currently in place can be viewed at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

You can also find out the latest travel updates by visiting trafficscotland.org.