The UK has suffered extreme severe weather recently with heavy rain, snow, strong winds and extreme temperatures.
Weather forecasting can provide us with advance warning of most weather events. For up-to-date weather forecasts and warnings, please visit the Met Office's website.
Severe weather incidents have and will continue to affect our area.
In flooding emergencies we will:
- Work with the emergency services to deal with road closures
- Help with providing shelter for people evacuated from their homes and arrange temporary accommodation if needed
- Help with the clean up operation
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency
(SEPA) is Scotland's environmental regulator and flood warning authority. SEPA provide us with advice on flood risk and prevention.
Floodline is Scotland's national flooding information service, providing live flood warning information and advice 24 hours a day.
In an emergency
Be prepared for flooding if you think your home may be at risk, make a flood plan today.
You can prepare for flooding by:
- Completing our emergency information sheet
- Checking your insurance cover to make sure it covers flood damage
- Knowing how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies
- Preparing an emergency kit
- Taking note of important telephone numbers and arranging a way of contacting family
- Keeping important documents in waterproof bags
- Considering where you could take your car if safe to do so
- Emergency Information Sheet
- Be prepared to lose your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies
- Try to keep calm and reassure others, especially children
- Cooperate with us, the emergency services and others who are there to help you
- Avoid contact with floodwater
- Don't return to your home until safe to do so
- Keep checking the weather reports for updates
The emergency evacuation of houses will only happen in extreme circumstances.
If the police ask you to leave your home, don't argue. They will ask you to go to a place of safety. If you decide to go somewhere else, let them know so you can be accounted for.
Don't worry if you have additional support needs, the services carrying out the evacuation will make arrangements for you.
If there is time you should take along medicines, warm clothes, any special foods and personal documents. If you have pets you should take their food, baskets and leads with you.
If you have time, you should make sure that fires are out, your water, gas and electricity are switched off and your property is locked up.
Flood Risk Management Planning
To help us manage flood risk and reduce the impacts of flooding on our communities, economy and environment, Scotland has developed its first Flood Risk Management Strategies, published by Scottish Environment Protection Agency in December 2015 and the first Local Flood Risk Management Plans, published by Lead Local Authorities in June 2016.
Edinburgh Council as Lead Local Authority for the Forth Estuary Local Plan District has published the Forth Estuary Flood Risk Management Plan and Stirling Council as Lead Local Authority for the Forth Local Plan District has published the Forth Flood Risk Management Plan.
Falkirk Council have since replaced Edinburgh Council as Lead Local Authority for the Forth Estuary Local Plan District.
To review the progress made in delivering the actions of the flood risk management plans, Falkirk Council and Stirling Council have respectively published the Forth Estuary Flood Risk Management Plan Interim Report and the Forth Flood Risk Management Interim Report.
- Forth Estuary Flood Risk Management Plan Interim Report
To aid the process of flood risk management, each local authority is required to prepare a map which shows the locations of the relevant bodies of water and sustainable urban drainage systems in its area. This map is called the Map of Water Bodies.