10 February 2020
For the most up-to-date Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings in place see https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/
Nigel Goody, SEPA's Duty Flood Manager, said:
“While rain in many places is now turning to snow, continued strong winds over today bring an ongoing risk of coastal flooding.
“High spring tides, combined with surge and large waves, will give rise to impacts along exposed coasts. Wave overtopping and spray similar to the weekend are possible along all parts of the west coast, and Moray Firth, Western Isles and Orkney.
“The east Aberdeenshire and Angus coast may also see some over topping around the times of High Water but impacts should be lower as winds are offshore.
“There are still some ongoing impacts in the areas of Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway affected by Sunday's high river levels. Any further rain should be locked up as snow but water is still working down the catchments which may cause rivers to remain high.
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.
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