MAJOR FLOOD WARNING IMPROVEMENTS LAUNCHED IN STIRLING

--- Raploch, Cornton, Riverside and Cambuskenneth and Bridgehaugh set to benefit ---

12 November 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched four new river flood warning schemes in Stirling.

Residents of Raploch, Cornton, Riverside and Cambuskenneth and Bridgehaugh can now benefit from more targeted, free, river flood warning messages.

Anyone – including those who live in, work or travel through the four areas – can sign up and receive advance flood warnings direct to their phone 24 hours a day. This will give people valuable time to take action to protect their families, homes and businesses from the damage flooding can cause.

SEPA is sending a letter to people who live in properties located in the four areas. It will include a freepost form to sign up to the service, making it quick and easy to receive these vital warnings.

Across Scotland, there are approximately 125,000 properties at risk of flooding: that’s one in 22 residential properties and one in 13 business premises. The scale of the problem is significant and it is estimated that flooding can cost the Scottish economy over £700m per year in damages*.

Stirling has suffered from flooding in recent years. In 2006, floods caused widespread disruption to the routes around the city and affected properties in the Riverside and Cornton areas. In November 2011, a number of properties in Bridgehaugh were affected by floodwaters.

Brian Devlin from Bridge of Allan has seen the devastating effects of flooding first-hand: "The first time it happened was 20 years ago and it was an awful experience. The water came in through the front and back door and just kept on rising.

"When the water finally clears, it’s filthy. The clear up is a horrible task and we lost things that were valuable to us that cannot be replaced. I would hate anyone to have to face what I experienced.

"Advanced warning is key and I have been able to save my property from devastation on a number of occasions now. I work in Dollar but my house is in Bridge of Allan so Flood Warnings from SEPA give me peace of mind. I will be sent a message and can get home in time if I need to – it is an essential service and I would encourage anyone in an at risk area to sign up."

Gail Donald SEPA’s Flood Advisor covering the Stirling area, said: “We all know how wet the summer has been this year so now is the time to get prepared for the coming winter months.

“I would urge everyone living in these areas in Stirling to sign up to this new free service today. It only takes a minute to register via the SEPA website meaning you will be warned in advance of river flooding for your area. Then you can take action to ensure your home and family are protected.

“While no one can stop flooding from happening, advance warning and good preparation can limit its impact on your home or business.”

Floodline can be reached by calling 0845 988 1188 or by visiting www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates
 
People can sign up to receive free advance flood warning messages at www.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup or by calling 0845 988 1188.

ENDS

Issued on behalf of SEPA by Weber Shandwick. For further information please contact Bill Ranatunga on 0141 333 0557 / 07770 886950. Email: branatunga@webershandwick.com

Notes to editor

About SEPA – www.sepa.org.uk  
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator and Scotland's flood warning authority. We operate flood warning services in partnership with local authorities and the police. This includes Floodline; a 24 hour telephone and online information service covering all of Scotland, through the monitoring of river levels, rainfall, tidal predictions and weather forecasts. SEPA is also responsible for providing advice to local authorities on flood risk for planning purposes, and advice on flood prevention.

About the Floodline service
Anyone – including those who live in, work or travel through areas at risk of flooding – can sign up to SEPA’s Floodline service and receive details on the likelihood and timing of any potential flooding threat. This ensures everyone in Scotland can get the benefit of SEPA’s extensive flood forecasting expertise and monitoring networks.

* Statistics used from SEPA’s National Flood Risk Assessment 2011. Can be found here: www.sepa.org.uk/flooding/flood_risk_management/national_flood_risk_assessment.aspx