16 February 2020
As Scotland continues to feel the impacts of Storm Dennis, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues to deliver expert Flood Forecasting, Warning and Informing, with Floodline providing live flooding information 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Mark McLaughlin, Flood Duty Manager, said:
"It's been a challenging night for many parts of Scotland with a peak of three Severe Flood Warnings, 49 local Flood Warnings and 15 regional Flood Alerts issued.
In consultation with Scottish Borders Council, SEPA issued the Severe Flood Warnings for areas in Hawick and Newcastleton, which saw some families evacuated from their homes and community rest centres set up. Flooding impacts in many other parts of Scotland also led to property flooding and localised flooding from surface water caused multiple road closures and other travel disruptions.
Today we will continue to see the residual impacts of the flooding as rivers remain high after the significant snowmelt and rainfall brought by Storm Dennis. With already saturated ground and many areas flooded localised flooding remains a risk throughout Scotland.
A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in force so we continue to warn for coastal flood risk from high tides, storm surges and large waves, particularly for communities along the west coast."
Today we will see an improving situation. Keep up to date with the live flooding situation by visiting www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.