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Coastal flooding - Sunday, 11 February 2024

Date published: 11 February 2024


High tides and large waves mean the risk of flooding for eastern and northern coastal areas, Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar will continue today (Sunday).

David Morgan, SEPA’s Flood Duty Manager, said:  

“The wave overtopping experienced in areas around the country yesterday is a reminder of the impacts coastal communities can experience. The photographs and videos taken in Stonehaven and Leven are a timely warning of the power of crashing waves and the risks they bring.  

“Today (Sunday) we are expecting similar spray and waves overtopping, causing flooding of causeways, promenades, coastal paths, isolated properties and roads. The greatest risk is around the periods of high tide, but the conditions will be very unpleasant for the rest of the weekend so please be careful if you are near the coast at any point. Stay safe, plan your travel in advance and if in any doubt, stay away from coastal areas. 

Flood Alerts and Warnings are in place so stay up to date though our website. We will continue to work with the Met Office to monitor the situation 24/7 and will update flood messages over the course of the weekend as required. People living and working in affected areas are advised to take care if travelling, follow the advice of the emergency services, and consider any steps they need to take now to be prepared and to stay safe.” 

Notes to editor

People are encouraged to sign up to the Floodline service to receive free updates for where they live, or where they’re travelling through, directly to their phone. 

People can also check flood updates for all the latest updates and have a look at the three day Scottish Flood Forecast to see what’s expected further ahead. 

Stay safe

  • 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. 
  • Be extra careful if near the coast. Stay away from flooded promenades and crashing waves. 
  • Consider deploying flooding protection products if required. 

Stay informed

What’s the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning?

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 to measure the exact water height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.