Flooding outlook - Sunday 8 August

  08 August 2021

Marc Becker, Duty Flood Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said: 

“Scotland will see a continuation of the very unsettled weather today with further heavy showers and thunderstorms expected. Whilst not everywhere will see these showers where they do occur we may see significant surface water flooding, especially where the heaviest of the showers affect infrastructure, such as road and rail links and in urban areas where drainage systems could quickly become overwhelmed. This could result in the rapid onset of flooding of homes and businesses.

“Travel is likely to be impacted with surface water on roads, footpaths and cycleways and rail journeys delayed or suspended due to the conditions, so plan your journey carefully. Please take extra care in these conditions and don’t travel or walk through flood water.

“Elsewhere surface water flooding may occur in areas not normally prone to flooding and impacts from flooding from small and minor watercourses may also occur. If you are enjoying Scotland lochs and rivers, please be aware that conditions can change rapidly and water levels may rise rapidly with little warning.

“Regional Flood Alerts are 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 

Be prepared and stay safe 

  • Check Floodline – visit 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.