Western Isles on flood alert

The flooding in Stornoway on January 3rd. Picture by @WIPolice
The flooding in Stornoway on January 3rd. Picture by @WIPolice

A flood alert has been issued for the Western Isles over the weekend.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEAPA) say coastal flooding is possible over the next few days. During the Friday periods of High Water, which are expected around 7am and 7pm in Stornoway, there is a risk of wave and spray overtopping in areas exposed to the south and east. The tide at 8am on Saturday morning is forecast to be very high, possibly higher than that seen on 3rd January when the town was flooded for a short period.

There is a risk of property flooding, particularly in Stornoway, where there may be disruption in the harbour area. SEPA are monitoring the situation and will update this alert as more information becomes available.

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met today (Thursday) to assess the possibility of flooding Residents and businesses in the Stornoway area at risk of flooding have been identified and sand bags have been distributed. The Police will be monitoring the roads situation and the public should be aware of the likelihood of the Braighe being affected around the morning High Tides (Friday 6.53am, Saturday 7.35am, Sunday 8.19am) and subject to possible closure.

Further information will be provided where available.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have said any pupils due to sit prelim examinations tomorrow who are affected by any Braighe closure will have alternative arrangement made for them.