Flooding update - Wednesday 12 August 13:38

  12 August 2020

Nigel Goody, SEPA's Duty Flood Manager, said:

“Following heavy thunderstorms overnight SEPA has a number of Flood Alerts in place and Flood Warnings in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Tayside. Small watercourses responded rapidly to the intense rainfall and localised impacts from these watercourses and small river catchments have been reported in East Lothian, Fife, Perth, and Stonehaven. A number of properties have been flooded in all the areas mentioned and a number of schools and roads have also been closed due to these floods.

“There is a Met Office Weather Warning in place from 15:00 this afternoon until 21:00 tonight which indicates the potential for further thunderstorms across parts of Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, Ayrshire and the Central Highlands. Although heavy and slow moving, they have the potential to cause localised surface water issues but are expected to be more isolated and not causing the type of issues suffered overnight.

“There is still a great deal of travel disruption on the roads and rail services across Eastern Scotland so please check with the relevant outlets before you travel.

“The weather is expected to improve throughout the day, however keep up to date with live flooding information by visiting www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.”


  • Thunderstorms can cause very intense and localised torrential downpours, with potential dangerous flash flooding impacts.
  • It is very hard to predict where exactly impacts may be experienced; it can also happen suddenly, so it is important you are prepared and remain vigilant.
  • It is your responsibility to take action to protect yourselves and your property against flooding, for information on how to prepare visit, https://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/your-home/.
  • Be careful on the roads. Spray and sudden flooding can lead to difficult driving conditions. You should not drive through flood water.

Staying informed

  • While widespread flooding is not expected, it is important that people are aware of the situation in their local areas, and through areas they may be travelling through.
  • All SEPA’s Alerts and Warnings are available on our website at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
  • 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 call Floodline or register online at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/