Storm Dennis - flooding outlook Saturday 15 February

date15 February 2020

Yesterday we started to experience the impacts of Storm Dennis, and flood risk will become more widespread today as the storm moves across Scotland, with further heavy rain.

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

"There is significant river flood risk across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway due to a combination of heavy rain and snowmelt and already saturated ground.

In addition to river flooding we may also see significant coastal flood impacts on the west coast, in particular in the Solway Firth and along the Ayrshire coast due to high tides, storm surge and large waves. Impacts will be greatest around high tide between 4pm and 5pm.

SEPA is sharing advice across social media on how to be prepared and manage the impacts of flooding and has issued regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings, with more Flood Warnings issued across the day.

Visit sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call 0345 988 1188 for the latest flooding situation and to sign up to Floodline to receive free flooding messages."

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.