Storm Frank update for Galloway

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A Major Emergency Scheme was called at 6am on Wednesday, December 30 following activation of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Emergency Centre.

The flood risk is high on Wednesday with severe disruption due to river flooding expected in Dumfries and Galloway. For Wednesday continuing into Thursday significant disruption due to river flooding is likely.

Disruptions as a result of flooding include Newton Stewart, Carsphairn and later in the day in Dumfries. Peak water levels are likely to occur during the day with an improving situation overnight.

In addition due to a large surge combined with strong southerly winds, minor flooding from waves and spray overtopping may occur in exposed coastal areas. The greatest risk is at around the time of high water on Wednesday at 3pm along the Galloway Coast.

There is risk of severe flooding in the Whitesands area of Dumfries, with communities upstream and downstream on the River Nith also at risk, e.g. Glencaple and Kingholm Quay.

Flooding at the Whitesands is ongoing and levels are expected to continue rising for the rest of the afternoon and will remain high until later this evening. Levels are anticipated to be similar to the December 2013 event.

Five Coastal flood warnings were issued by SEPA early evening 29 December 2015. These remain in force. Six new Coastal flood warnings have been issued. These have been received for the following locations: Upper Solway Firth, Nith Tidal, Southerness Point, Rough Firth, Kirkcudbright Bay and Inner Wigtown Bay.

In Newton Stewart levels exceed those experienced in November 2012 and continue to rise. Significant flooding on both sides of the River Cree including into the town centre. Evacuations have been taking place with a rest centre provided at the Douglas Ewart High School.

18 properties in Carsphairn are being evacuated (Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with waterborne rescue will be attending) with property flooding occurring, but location is inaccessible due to road flooding (A713).

Reports of property flooding at New Galloway have been received. Again, access is restricted by flooded roads.

Reports of flooding in Kirkconnel at St Conal’s Square. Crocketford – reports on a number of properties affected by flooding.

Moniaive – properties flooded. Reports are this was worse than December 2013 event but that water levels are now dropping.

Moffat – Flooding has effectively cut-off the community with the A701 closed both north and south of the town.

Dalbeattie – issues with property flooding being reported at David Road.

Whitesands – flooding levels are likely to reach levels in excess of those recently experienced. A rest centre has been established at the Ice Bowl. Police Scotland and Council Officers will be going properties advising on the need to evacuate residential and business properties.

The Nith corridor will see impacts in Glencaple, Kelton and Kingholm Quay. Again Police Scotland and council officers will be visiting areas advising on rest centre facilities and need to evacuate.

Heavy and persistent rain is expected to continue into Wednesday afternoon. This will add to the already large rainfall totals that have built up, particularly over south facing hills, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The heavy rain will be accompanied by southerly gales.

Chief Forecasters Assessment: A slow moving waving cold front is expected to gradually clear SE on Wednesday, associated with a strong, moist southwesterly airflow. Large rainfall accumulations have already occurred on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with an additional 20 to 30mm possible before the front clears southeastwards through the first half of Wednesday afternoon.