11 February 2020
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Nigel Goody, SEPA's Duty Flood Manager, said:
“Strong winds today mean an ongoing risk of coastal flooding around Scotland.
“Although the forecast tide levels, and the magnitude of the storm surge, are both beginning to fall the continued strong westerly wind is still causing large waves and some additional Flood Warnings have been issued. Wave overtopping and spray similar to the weekend are possible along all parts of the west coast, Western Isles, and particularly across Orkney.
“Eastern coasts from Caithness to Angus may also see some overtopping around times of High Water but impacts should be lower as winds are offshore.
“Flood Alerts for rivers have now been removed for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway though some rivers may remain high as water continues to work through the system. Flood Warnings for Dumfries and Galloway are now focussed on areas at risk of coastal flooding.
“Although there may be a brief respite on Wednesday, the forecast towards the end of the week is for a return to stormy conditions with the potential for further flooding issues, both coastal and inland.
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.