Flooding outlook – Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 October

  03 October 2020

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Flood Duty Manager, said:

"Surface water and serious flooding is expected as persistent, heavy rain is due on Saturday evening and into Sunday across many parts of the North-East and East of Scotland. SEPA has issued a number of Flood Alerts and people should prepare for potential flooding of property, infrastructure and significant transport disruption.

“We expect parts of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus, Perthshire and Fife to be the worst affected. Transport links, including the Aberdeen-Edinburgh and Aberdeen-Inverness rail lines and the road network throughout this area, may also be impacted by significant surface water flooding.

“Flood Warnings will be issued today as river levels respond and will include more details of areas affected and potential impacts.

 “People living, working and travelling in these areas are advised to plan ahead, ensure they have signed up to Floodline and are prepared to take action to protect property. Areas around the River Dee, River Don and the River Carron in Stonehaven should prepare for flooding impacts and be prepared to deploy property level flood protection where this is available.

 “Advice on what you can do to prepare can be found at floodlinescotland.org.uk.

“Whilst the worst impacts are expected in parts of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus, Perthshire and Fife many other eastern areas of Scotland from the Borders, through the Lothians, Speyside, Caithness and Orkney could also experience flooding impacts due to heavy rain over the weekend. People in these areas are also encouraged to sign up to Floodline to ensure they are prepared for the wet weather.

“SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor rainfall and river levels, and is in close contact with the Met Office and other partners to review the forecasts, which are combined with local expertise from all regions of Scotland to understand and present the flooding risk. The most up-to-date information is always available on our website.”

“Stay up to date with the latest information from our website.”


Staying informed

  • All SEPA’s Alerts and Warnings are available on our website at sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/
  • Floodline is always the most up-to-date information – with any new flood updates available as soon as they are issued.
  • You can also sign up to receive these messages to your phone, for free. You can register online at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/

Be prepared and stay safe

  • Check Floodline - visit sepa.org.uk/floodupdates
  • Don’t walk through flood water – 15cm of fast flowing water could be enough to knock you off your feet and hazards can be hidden under the water.
  • On the road or on public transport we can expect difficult conditions.
  • Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water. It only takes 30cm of fast flowing water to move an average family sized car.
  • If you are walking beside rivers be extra careful of wet footpaths and possibly small watercourses in spate.

What’s the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning?

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.