Flooding outlook Sunday 4 October

  04 October 2020

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

"The majority of rainfall has now cleared but we are urging people to stay prepared and plan ahead with the continued potential for river and surface water flooding in the North-East.

"Some rivers levels are still to peak and impacts, particularly from the River Don, Lower Dee, Lower Spey and Deveron, may be seen throughout the remainder of the day in these areas.

"Surface water and river flooding could continue to cause significant travel disruption across Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Angus, and Dundee, with a number of roads and rail lines closed.

"Whilst the worst impacts are expected across the North-East, areas in northern and eastern Scotland may also experience minor flooding impacts, including a possibility of some coastal spray and wave overtopping.

"Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts still in place and covering most of the country. 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, sepa.org.uk/floodupdates."

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.