Flooding outlook Saturday 11 January 2020

  11 January 2020

Heavy rain continues in the morning and early afternoon of Saturday 11 January. Flooding of low lying agricultural land and minor roads are being experienced, along with difficult driving conditions, some road closures and other travel impacts.

Although rainfall will ease through the day, flooding of main transport routes and communities is possible, particularly across Tayside and the Western Borders where the largest river flows will continue until Saturday evening. Elsewhere we will see an improving situation as the day progresses.

The Met Office has also issued a weather warning for rain which is valid from 4am until 6pm on Saturday.

SEPA has issued 16 regional Flood Alerts and 23 local Flood Warnings are in place. The most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings are always available at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

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.

Whilst impacts are possible anywhere, areas in Tayside and the Western Borders are likely to see the largest river flows with impacts in these areas possible until Saturday evening. Flooding of main transport routes and communities is possible.

High tides combined with strong winds coming in from the south means flooding of isolated properties and disruption to transport in western and southern coastal areas and the Islands is also possible.

The Met Office has also issued a weather warning for rain which is valid from 4am until 6pm on Saturday.

SEPA has issued 15 regional Flood Alerts. Some local Flood Warnings are already in place and more will be issued as the situation develops. The most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings are always available at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

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.