MEMBERS of the public are being urged to sign up for free flood messages by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
As the Christmas period begins, the agency wishes to ensure community safety and smooth travel through signing up for free flood alerts and warnings online.
SEPA’S Floodline messaging service provides current information and advice about flooding in Scotland so residents can prepare for potential travel disruption or local impacts whether they’re driving home for Christmas or planning outings during the festive season.
Through working with the Met Office to monitor river, coastal and rainfall sites across the country, SEPA is able to issue regional alerts, local warnings, or even severe warnings via phone call or text.
Michael Cranston, Lead Specialist in Flood Forecasting and Warning at SEPA, said: “Being prepared for severe weather events is essential, especially at this time of year when people are clocking off from their usual schedules and travelling to see loved ones.
“Don’t let the weather put a dampener on celebrations. By signing up to our Floodline service, you can prepare for adverse driving conditions and plan your journey in advance.
“We are committed to continuing to keep communities informed and as safe as possible, and we urge those who aren’t signed up to Floodline yet to take action now.”
Over 200 messages were issued to communities across Scotland experiencing flooding following intense rainfall during Storm Babet in October alone, and SEPA are continuing to expand the national flood warning service network every day.
Signing up to Floodline is free of charge and allows you to receive messages directly to your phone.
Follow @SEPAFlood on X, formerly Twitter, for the latest updates including their three-day Scottish Flood Forecast or visit their website for a view of all the latest Flood Updates and further information looking ahead so you can see what conditions to expect.