SEPA issues flood warnings across Edinburgh and the Lothians

SEPA has issued an amber flood warning across Edinburgh and the Lothians with a more serious red warning issued for Roseburn in Edinburgh.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 8:39 pm
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 8:52 pm
Flooding is predicted across Edinburgh and the Lothians (picture: Michael Gillen).

The news comes as the national forecaster issues eight flood alerts and four more serious flood warnings across areas in the east of Scotland tonight into Saturday morning.

SEPA has commented that the flooding is due to a combination of rainfall and snow melt and may affect travel.

Specific areas affected by the more serious red flood warning- which means that flooding is expected- include Roseburn in Edinburgh and in the Scottish Borders, Peebles, Shiplaw to Crossburn including Eddleston, and Romannobridge to Lyne Station.

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In Edinburgh, flooding is expected from the Water of Leith and residential properties in Riversdale Crescent and Baird Grove are at risk of flooding.

Water levels are expected to peak at 21:00 on Friday.

SEPA is currently monitoring the situation and will issue updates as the situation changes.

The forecaster has asked residents of Roseburn to remain vigilant and to remember ‘it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.’

An amber flood warning- meaning that flooding is possible- has been issued to Edinburgh and Lothians, Scottish Borders, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Dundee and Angus, Easter Ross and Great Glen, Fife, Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside and Tayside.

In Peebles, risk areas include Crossburn Caravan Park, March Street Lane, Cuddyside and Biggiesknowe.

SEPA have asked people in the area to consider moving any parked vehicles along the Cuddyside area to higher ground.

There is a risk of flooding to low lying land and properties near to the River Lyne.

In light of the overall amber warning issued to the east of Scotland, a SEPA spokesperson said: “On Friday and into Saturday a spell of persistent rain, combined with some snowmelt, could cause surface water flooding.

"The greatest risk will be in urban areas and across the transport network.

"Rivers will also respond to the rainfall and this could result in flooding from small and medium sized watercourses.

“Typical impacts may include disruption to travel and flooding of low-lying land, roads and isolated properties."

You can access flood updates on SEPA’s live flooding information page.

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