SEPA Warns of Potential Flooding Across Scotland over
21 December 2012
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has warned
today of further potential flooding to areas across Scotland over
The heavy and prolonged rainfall experienced over the past few
days is set to ease during Friday and overnight into Saturday,
before a further band of persistent rain arrives in southern and
eastern areas of Scotland on Saturday morning.
As a result, there is a risk of further river and surface water
flooding in areas of Central, Fife, Tayside, Angus and Southern
Aberdeenshire due to saturation following the recent heavy
rainfall. River levels will rise again in these areas and this may
be exacerbated by the melting of snow on higher ground.
Strong to gale force winds may also contribute to wave
overtopping on exposed eastern coastlines and the Northern Isles
where storm force winds are expected.
Early indications show that heavy rain and the risk of flooding
will persist in places early on Sunday, before becoming more
confined to the North and Northern Isles in the afternoon followed
by generally drier weather moving into Monday.
Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at SEPA, said:
"While we expect the rain and wind to ease on Friday, Flood
Alerts and Warnings will remain in place in anticipation of further
wet weather over the weekend. Due to the forecast of heavy
rainfall, the risk remains of potential flooding in areas of
Central and Eastern Scotland which have been saturated by the
recent weather. Some areas on the East coast may experience wave
overtopping before the worst of the weather becomes confined to the
extreme north of the country.
"SEPA will continue to monitor the situation closely and work
with local authorities and emergency services. We would
encourage people in the affected areas to remain vigilant and be
mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling.
Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their
area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our
website www.sepa.org.uk, or by calling 0845
Nick Grahame, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said: "With
more rain due this weekend, a number of severe weather warnings are
in place for Scotland. It's important that people keep weather
aware by staying up to date with Met Office forecasts during this
period of unsettled weather. We'd advise people in the areas
affected to expect some disruption and take precautions if they are
in an area at risk from heavy rain and flooding."
Check www.sepa.org.uk for flooding
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