Flood warning service launched in Stonehaven

Una Thom at the gauge at the River Carron

Una Thom at the gauge at the River Carron

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SEPA have launched a flood warning system for Stonehaven this past Tuesday.

The system will take into account Met office stats, readings from a rain gaunge and other variables to produce a flood warning system.

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at SEPA, said: “As many residents and businesses in Stonehaven will know, flooding is a real threat. We have seen its devastating impact and know that providing even a short amount of warning time helps people to take action. Although this initiative is designed first and foremost for the people who live and work in Stonehaven, those who travel through or visit the flood risk area will also benefit from using Floodline.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said: “I saw the damage and huge distress caused by flooding in Stonehaven first hand last Christmas and welcome any efforts to improve systems that can warn the community of a repeat of the threat of those events. The Scottish Government is pleased to support the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in the creation and running of the Carron Water Flood Warning Scheme but to ensure the scheme is as effective as possible, I would encourage Stonehaven residents to sign up to receive the information it provides.

You can access SEPA live flood warning information for all of Scotland and sign up for the flood warnings at www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or by calling Floodline 0845 988 1188.