Flooding Outlook - Sunday 31 October

  31 October 2021

Flooding Outlook - Sunday 31 October

Pascal Lardet, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said:

“A band of heavy rain is crossing the country from the south west to the north east today, followed by heavy and squally showers this afternoon and late evening. The Western Isles could also see some significant accumulation of rainfall.

“There is a heightened risk of surface water and river flooding in Dumfries and Galloway where catchments remain very wet and river levels high after the rain of the last three days.

“There is also a heightened risk in the North East where accumulation of 50 to 60mm over the Angus Hills is possible. River levels across Angus and Aberdeenshire are expected to rise this afternoon and overnight. Rivers in Tayside will also respond.

“Showers affecting large parts of the country today and tomorrow could also cause some surface water issues and localised flooding.

“Regional Flood Alerts are in place, and Local Flood Warnings will continue to be issued where necessary. 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.

“Surface water flooding may occur in areas not normally prone to flooding and impacts from flooding from small and minor watercourses may also occur, so remember that conditions can change rapidly and water levels may rise quickly with little warning.

“The showery weather will continue next week with lighter intensity and we expect the situation to improve after Monday. SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor rainfall and river levels and is in close contact with the Met Office and other partners to review the forecasts, which are combined with local expertise from all regions of Scotland to understand and present the flooding risk. The most up-to-date information is always available on our website.”


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 www.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.