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Coastal flooding update - Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Date published: 14 February 2024


Coastal flooding remains likely today (Wednesday) due to a combination of high tides and wave surge, with impacts most likely in Dumfries and Galloway.

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

“We are expecting further coastal flooding around Scotland today due to high spring tides, waves and surge, with impacts most likely in Dumfries and Galloway. Conditions have not improved as previously forecast and the weather is expected to remain unsettled, which may cause further localised flooding impacts across the country.

“Today (Wednesday), high water levels mean there is a risk of localised property flooding in affected areas, as well as potential for flooding of coastal roads, paths and causeways. While the risk is greatest around high tide times, please be careful if you are near the coast at any point. Take care when travelling around exposed coastal areas and don’t walk or drive through flood water as there may be hidden hazards.

“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 review regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings as required.”

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 our live flooding information page for all the latest updates and check 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.