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Flood alerts active in Caithness and Sutherland after Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warns over thaw driven by milder weather


By Philip Murray

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One flood alert covers all of Caithness and Sutherland. Picture: Sepa.
One flood alert covers all of Caithness and Sutherland. Picture: Sepa.

FLOOD alerts are in force in parts of the Highlands, as milder air begins to trigger a thaw over the region’s deep snow fields.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 15 flood alerts and one flood warning across Scotland – and has advised that snow melt impacts are most likely in “central and eastern areas”.

In the Highlands there are alerts for Caithness and Sutherland; Easter Ross and the Great Glen; and Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside.

A spokesman said: “On Monday through until Wednesday strong winds and milder air are expected to become established across the area.

“Lying snow is expected to start melting at most levels and although no significant rainfall is expected, there is the potential for flooding from small watercourses and rivers.

“Any flooding impacts are most likely to include flooding to low-lying land and roads and individual properties particularly in eastern areas. Surface water may also be an issue in low-lying areas especially if the ground remains frozen.

"Sepa will continue to monitor the situation, round the clock, and further updates will be provided here if the situation changes.”

You can stay up to date at sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.

Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.

Floodline quick dial numbers for the various areas are:

  • Caithness and Sutherland – 22100
  • Easter Ross and the Great Glen – 22200
  • Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside – 22300

Related news: Snow drifts up to 50 metres long bury railway lines


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