Flooding outlook - Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021

  29 March 2021

Ruth Ellis, Duty Flood Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said: 

“On Monday and into Tuesday, the North West will see persistent, often heavy rain and winds, with river and surface water flooding impacts possible including flooding affecting parts of communities and disruption to travel and infrastructure.    

“Please also take care when walking or travelling near coastal areas around the country, including the Western Isles and Orkney, due to surge and strong winds. Coastal flooding impacts could include wave and spray overtopping, localised flooding to low-lying land and roads around the coasts, property flooding and disruption to travel.   

“Regional Flood Alerts and Local Flood Warnings remain in place, and people living and working in affected areas are advised to plan their essential journeys and consider the steps they need to take now to be prepared. 
 
Staying informed

Check the latest information on SEPA’s Regional Flood Alerts and Local Flood Warnings at sepa.org.uk/floodupdates 

  • Check the latest advice on what to do to prepare for flooding at floodlinescotland.org.uk 

  • Register for SEPA’s free Floodline alert service by calling 0345 988 1188 or by clicking floodlinescotland.org.uk. 

Be prepared and stay safe 

  • Check Floodline – visit sepa.org.uk/floodupdates 

  • Don’t walk through flood water – 15cm of fast flowing water could be enough to knock you off your feet and hazards can be hidden under the water. 

  • Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water. It only takes 30cm of fast flowing water to move an average family sized car. 

  • If you’re walking beside rivers be extra careful of wet footpaths and possibly small watercourses in spate. 

  • Consider deploying flooding protection products if required. 

What’s the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning? 
 
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. 

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