Flood alert scheme launched

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PEOPLE living and working in Arbroath are now able to receive up to the minute coastal flooding alerts thanks to a new scheme launched on Monday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) announced that Arbroath Coastal would be among 28 other areas on the east coast of Scotland to have their own flood warning system.

SEPA say the new scheme is a major development of their Floodline service which has seen over 14,000 people sign up since its launch two years ago.

Now anybody living or working in the town can sign up to receive advance coastal flood warnings direct to their ‘phone 24 hours a day.

It is hoped the advanced warnings will help people to quickly protect their homes or businesses from flooding or advise people to make alternative arrangements if travelling.

A campaign is being launched by meteorologist and TV weatherman Sean Batty to encourage those living in at-risk areas in Arbroath to sign up to receive free advance warnings from Floodline.

Dr David Pirie, SEPA’s director of science and strategy, said: “We are delighted to launch the new coastal flood warning service for Angus.

“It represents a major investment in building community resilience to coastal flooding. As we saw before Christmas this can cause significant disruption and damage so it’s vital we are aware and prepared for it.”

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, minister for the environment and climate change said: “In recent weeks we have seen just how damaging coastal flooding can be to our local communities. It is important that we do everything in our power to protect, help and prepare people who are living or working in areas at risk from flooding.

“Advance warnings can make a huge difference and I’m delighted that we now have the first ever coastal flood warning service for the east of Scotland. This new scheme is a crucial step to make sure local communities are informed and ready well in advance of any potential flooding.

“Thanks to SEPA’s National Flood Risk Assessment, we now have a national picture of all forms of flood risk, including coastal. This helps to identify areas most vulnerable to flooding to ensure they get the support and investment required to reduce the devastating impacts caused by flooding.”

While weatherman Sean said: “Coastal flooding in Scotland can be caused by storms and tidal surges. As a result, homes, businesses and lives can be devastated in a matter of minutes.

“An advance warning service like Floodline makes sure that people living in at-risk areas have as much preparation time as possible.”

People can sign up to receive flood warning messages at www.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignupor by calling 0845 988 1188.