Storm Eunice flooding update for Friday 18 February

  17 February 2022

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

“Following the impacts from Storm Dudley earlier this week, Storm Eunice will reach Scotland on Friday 18 February. It brings a risk of coastal flooding and wave overtopping as strong winds and storm surge coincide with a period of high spring tides.

“The highest risk is along the Solway Coast and the Firth of Clyde from Friday morning - particularly around high tide in the early afternoon. Exact times vary locally; please see the Flood Alerts and Warnings for more detail.

“Four regional Flood Alerts are in place for Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, West Central Scotland, and Argyll & Bute. 10 local Flood Warnings have also been issued for Ayr to Troon, Loch Ryan, South West Rhins, Rough Firth, Southerness Point, Nith Tidal, Upper Solway Firth, East Luce Bay, West Luce Bay and Outer Wigtown Bay. These Alerts and Warnings will continue to be updated where necessary.

“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.