Thursday, 6 March 2014

Severe Weather Warning

Flood Forecast

 Sepa floodline

Please be aware of the undernoted weather warning,
John Young,
Kirkmahoe Community Council

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From: "Briggs, Samantha"
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Please see email below regarding weather warnings for your attention/information.
Kind Regards
Samantha Briggs
Clerical Assistant
Community & Customer Services
'Int - 63410
From: Wylie, Steven
Sent: 06 March 2014 11:48
To: Jack, Stephen; Enos, John; Peden, Kirsty; Ferguson, Jamie
Cc: Jesson, Wendy ; Riley, Patricia; Clark, Roana; Robinson, Julie; Fergusson, Alison; Thom, Janice; Thomson, Mark
Subject: Weather Warnings
Importance: High
Good Morning All
After some respite from me and the severe weather, we are expecting some significant weather over the next few days.
Please take time to ready both the Met Office Update (below) and the Flood Guidance Statement (attached).
I have also included summarised conversations from our Flood Risk Team/SEPA for your information (below).
We will of course keep you updated on any changes. 
As all indicators are at YELLOW we will not be initiating an Information Gathering Cell at this point.
Please feel free to distribute Met Office and Flood Guidance Statement throughout your community contacts.
Many thanks
FROM Met Office -
There’s more rain on the way for us all today, and again on Saturday morning. Here’s a quick overview of the forecast over the next few days, along with information on the Yellow Warning for Rain which has been issued for a broad southwestern area of Scotland later today:
  • A band of rain will spread across all parts of Scotland during this afternoon and evening, before clearing southern Scotland during the early hours of Friday morning. A Yellow (Be Aware) Warning for Rain has been issued to raise awareness of this. This covers Dumfries & Galloway, the western Borders, West Lothian, Strathclyde and Stirlingshire, and is valid from 1500 on Thursday until 0600 on Friday. While eastern areas will see some rain at times today, particularly during the late afternoon and evening, the heaviest rain will generally affect western parts of the country.
  • During the second half of Friday morning, strong to gale force westerly winds will push wintry showers across the country, these most frequent across the northwest. These will turn increasingly to sleet/snow later on Friday, but the showers will gradually die out during the evening. Therefore, we are currently not expecting any significant, widespread impact on the transport network.
  • Saturday morning will see another band of rain and hill snow quickly moving across Scotland from the southwest, clearing most places during the afternoon. The rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force south to southwesterly winds across the country. These will be strongest in the northwest, but it will be a blustery day everywhere, with the winds starting to die down during the overnight period into Sunday.
  • The need for Yellow (Be Aware) Warnings for ice/hill snow later on Friday and the rain/winds on Saturday, will be considered on Friday morning.     
A Yellow (Be Aware) Warning for Rain (based on an assessment of a medium likelihood of LOW impacts) has been issued for Thu/Fri. This covers Dumfries & Galloway, the western Borders, West Lothian, Strathclyde and Stirlingshire, and is valid from 1500 on Thursday until 0600 on Friday. This will be updated later this morning, but there are currently no significant changes expected. 
The need for Yellow (Be Aware) Warnings for ice/hill snow on Friday and the rain/winds on Saturday, will be considered on Friday.      
Full details of the Yellow Warning for Rain can be seen on our website or on Hazard Manager. An indication of the type of low impacts we might expect with rain is available here:
Please take the time to have a look at this morning’s Flood Guidance Statement, which gives more detailed information on the flood risk across Scotland over the next five days. The ‘Specific areas of concern’ map is particularly detailed and provides some more local information.
From Flood Risk Team – conversation with SEPA (not for onward circulation)
  • Cree, Newton Stewart will be slightly higher than the 26 Jan 2013 but not as high as 30 December. John Bell has been contacted to install the floodgates in the fisherman’s entrances. JB said the water was nearly in the car park on the 26 Jan so will put out ‘Car Park liable to flooding’ signs.
  • Small watercourses in Gatehouse of Fleet & Kirkcudbright area will see a significant rise and may cause flooding.
  • Annan and Esk will be similar to the 30 December 2013 event. Apart from Moffat the FRMT are not aware of any flooding in this area but are trying to contact Mark Simpson.
Mike / Bob,
Can the screens in the areas highlighted above be checked today especially Moffat.
Steven Wylie
Community Resilience Advisor
Safety & Resilience
118 English Street
t: 01387 260365 (external)
t: 64365 (internal)
m: 07824528410
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