08 February 2020
Flooding outlook : 18:00 Saturday 8 February 2020
15 Regional Flood Alerts & 19 Local Flood Warnings are now in force from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Nigel Goody, SEPA's Duty Flood Manager, said:
"Storm Ciara has arrived with a dangerous combination of high tides, high storm surge & high inshore waves across coastal areas. Avoid crashing waves and follow the advice of emergency services and local councils.
"As well as coastal impacts, increased confidence in heavy rainfall cross Borders and Dumfries & Galloway means minor river flooding impacts are likely with significant impacts possible. Avoid driving or walking through flood waters.
"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.