Storm Dennis - flooding outlook Friday 14 February

  14 February 2020

Storm Dennis will bring strong winds, creating significant coastal and river flooding impacts across much of the country over the next two days.

Mark McLaughlin, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:

“Today we are anticipating bands of rain, which will be heavy at times. The main impacts are likely to be localised river and surface water flooding, due to a combination of snowmelt and already saturated ground, with the most widespread impacts across Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Ayrshire, Arran and west central Scotland.

Due to winds and high tides there is also risk of coastal flooding, particularly along the Ayrshire  and Solway coast, with wave overtopping and spray. These conditions can be dangerous to those travelling near the coast.”

Regional Flood Alerts have already been issued with more Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings expected across the weekend as we continue to experience the impacts of Storm Dennis.

For the latest information on regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings, or to sign up for free Floodline messages visit or call 0345 988 1188.


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.