Flood outlook for Sunday 20 February 2022

  20 February 2022

David Faichney, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said:

“SEPA has issued a number of regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings. Strong winds associated with Storm Franklin will continue over the course of today and into tomorrow (Monday 21 February) impacting northern and western coastlines - bringing a risk of coastal flooding, including localised spray and wave overtopping.

“The areas of main concern are the Ayrshire and Galloway coastlines, Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar and Orkney, with the greatest risk at high tide (exact times vary locally - please see individual Flood Alerts for more detail). Flooding may also affect individual properties. Take care around water, especially coastal paths, and roads.

“Heavy rain overnight and into the morning has also caused several rivers to rise across central and southern Scotland and Flood Alerts and Warnings have been issued accordingly. Levels should fall over Sunday but flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible, causing disruption to travel.

“You can always see the most up-to-date messages at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.

“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.

“SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor coastal conditions, 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.