Flood awareness urged

Promenade closure at Eyemouth in stormy conditions at high tide. ''Bantry closed sign
Promenade closure at Eyemouth in stormy conditions at high tide. ''Bantry closed sign

Berwickshire’s coastal communities are being urged to be aware of the potential for higher than usual tides next week.

Scottish Borders Council has issued a warning for the period between Sunday September 27 and Friday October 2.

Combined with weather conditions like a storm surge, high winds and large waves, the risk of flooding will increase. SBC said that it is important to remember that because the tides are higher than normal it will not take much change in the weather for impacts to be felt by communities.

The warning continued: “Property, roads, transport and community facilities can all be affected by flooding so if you live or work in and around coastal communities you should be aware of the increased risk of flooding and should be prepared.”

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency is working closely with SBC and other partners to manage the flood risk and help communities like Eyemouth prepare.

There are public access sandbag stores located in the town at the Fire Station and at the Harbour Road car park to allow residents and business to obtain sandbags to protect their property.

A multi-agency group, including SBC, SEPA, Police Scotland, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, is aware of the potential situation and are prepared to respond should they be required.

The Eyemouth Bantry Wall warning signs and the Harbour Road flood protection barriers could potentially be deployed during this period and residents can be updated through the SB Alert messaging service.

Residents in communities at risk of flooding can sign up to receive flooding messages from Floodline, which offers live information and advice on how to prepare for and cope with the impacts of flooding.

You can sign up by calling 0345 988 1188 or visiting www.floodlinescotland.org.uk.

To sign up to the free SBAlert service, visit www.sbalert.co.uk.