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Flood alerts issued across north and north-east as storm aftermath continues

Flood alerts have been issued in five regions in the north of Scotland.
Flood alerts have been issued in five regions in the north of Scotland.

Sepa has issued multiple flood alerts and warnings in the north and north-east of Scotland as the aftermath of storms Malik and Corrie continues.

The organisation has warned that flooding could impact coastal areas over the next few days, with low-lying areas exposed to the west/northwest wind likely to be among the worst affected.

Flood alerts have been put out for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

These areas are most at risk during high-tide, which occurs around the following times:

  • Fraserburgh – 2pm
  • Lerwick – 12.30pm
  • Kinlochbervie – 8.30am
  • Wick – 12.45pm
  • Moray Firth – 1.45pm
  • Buckie – 2pm
  • Rapness – 10.40pm
  • Kirkwall – 12pm
  • Stornoway – 8.15am

The alerts are a consequence of strong winds and heavy rain that have been forecast for the coming days.

Flood warnings, which indicate fore dangerous levels of flooding have been issued for the more specific areas of Churchill Barriers and Sanday in Orkney and Stornoway in the Western Isles.

If the flooding is as bad as expected, it is likely coastal roads will be closed and any property near the water will be exposed to significant impact.

With many still without power after last weekend’s storms, Sepa has urged people in areas likely to be hit by flooding to remain vigilant.

Welfare centres are available across the north and north-east for anyone struggling or in need of support.

The situation will be continually monitored, and the latest updates can be found on Sepa’s live flood tracker.

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