SEPA issues flood warning for central and west Scotland

SEPA has issued a flood warning
SEPA has issued a flood warning
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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a flood warning for large areas of Scotland for tonight (Friday) and into the weekend.

Richard Brown, head of hydrology at SEPA, said: “Areas of Central Scotland, Tayside, Dundee and Angus, have experienced significant disruption following an intense period of rainfall this morning which caused widespread surface water on roads and built up areas.

Overnight into Saturday, a further band of rain is due to affect areas of Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow and West Central Scotland

“The Rivers Earn, Almond, Carron and South Esk have responded quickly this morning with flooding in isolated stretches causing disruption to local communities and infrastructure.

“There may well be further impacts this afternoon in low lying areas although the situation will generally improve overnight.”

He added: “Overnight into Saturday, a further band of rain is due to affect areas of Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow and West Central Scotland, with the most intense, prolonged showers expected on Saturday morning.

“Skye and Lochaber are expected to experience significant rainfall totals overnight and throughout Saturday, with over 80mm of rain forecast. Again, surface water flooding has the potential to cause widespread disruption on road networks and urban areas, while river levels are likely to respond quickly, with some minor disruption possible in rural areas.

“Whilst large waves are expected along the west coast, particularly around the Inner Hebrides, the risk of coastal flooding remains very low.

“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of these conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website and sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.”