Flooding outlook - Wednesday 16 February

  15 February 2022

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

“Storm Dudley and then Storm Eunice will impact Scotland from Wednesday 16 February, bringing a period of very unsettled weather through until next week. There will be a risk of coastal flooding and wave overtopping as strong winds combined with storm surge will coincide with a period of high spring tides.

“The highest risk is along the Firth of Clyde and Solway Coast on Wednesday and Thursday morning around high tide (exact times vary locally; please see Flood Alerts for more detail) Regional Flood Alerts are in place for Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, West Central Scotland, Argyll & Bute and Skye and Lochaber. A Flood Warning has also been issued covering Ayr to Troon. These Alerts and Warnings will continue to be updated over the coming days.

“Flooding impacts could include localised spray and wave overtopping affecting low lying land and roads, leading to potential travel disruption. Flooding may also affect individual properties. Take care around water, especially coastal paths and roads. 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.

Notes to editor

An audio file with Flood Warning Unit Manager, Pascal Lardet, is available and can be downloaded via our media library here. The file duration is 1'08s. The preview is '20s.There is no need to register or input any details to download the file.