A floot alert has been issued for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.
Flooding from surface water and small, fast responding, watercourses is expected to affect low lying coastal areas throughout Thursday and overnight into Friday. This is due to persistent, and at times heavy, rainfall in coastal areas, mainly along the north Aberdeenshire coast.
Snow is expected to fall to low levels away from coastal areas. Typical impacts include flooding of low lying land and roads, and disruption to travel. There could also be isolated flooding of properties, particularly in known trouble spots and close to smaller rivers and watercourses.
There is also a risk of isolated spray and wave over topping around the time of the high tides due to northerly gale force winds on Thursday. This will mainly affect north facing areas of coast line.
Mark Franklin, Flood Duty Manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “Flood Alerts have been issued for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Caithness and Sutherland, Findhorn Nairn Moray & Speyside and Orkney due to heavy rain expected across coastal areas between 8am and 2pm on Thursday 21 January. This could result in overflowing of small watercourses and surface water, leading to property flooding and essential travel disruption.
“Most at risk are northern-facing coastal communities, especially along the Buchan coastline. Strong winds will also cause coastal spray and wave overtopping around the coast from Shetland to Aberdeen.
“Regional Flood Alerts have been issued and people living and working in affected areas are advised to deploy flood defences if they have them. You can stay up to date with regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings at sepa.org.uk/floodupdates
“SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor 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.”
Floodline is always the most up-to-date information – with any new flood updates available as soon as they are issued.
Advice on what you can do to prepare for flooding can be found at floodlinescotland.org.uk