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SEPA's launches flood campaign after Scotland's stormy summer

2nd November 2008

From soggy summers to wet winters, flooding can be a problem in Scotland at any time of the year. Following on from one of the wettest summers for some parts of Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is launching its annual flood awareness campaign today (27 October).

Around 100,000 homes and businesses are currently at risk from river and coastal flooding in Scotland. Flood maps available on SEPA's website allow people to find out whether they live in, or near, an area that is at risk of flooding.

The campaign aims to encourage those living and working in at risk areas to be aware of how flooding might affect their homes and businesses, and to make sure they know what action they need to take to protect themselves and their property before it happens.

SEPA's flood unit manager David Faichney said: "The flooding seen in many parts of Scotland over the past few months, highlights the devastating effects flooding can have on communities.

"Summer flooding is not new to our communities here in Scotland but it may become more frequent if climate change predictions are correct. Stormier summers and wetter winters will increase the challenge of how we manage our flood risk. Being prepared for flooding will become ever more important. The key to being prepared is being aware before the event and I'd encourage people to take a first step and check our online flood map at www.sepa.org.uk and take action to ensure that they are prepared."

Environment Minister Michael Russell said: "This summer has been one of the wettest on record with many people in many parts of Scotland suffering from the distressing impact of flooding, with damage to homes, roads and livelihood. The risk of flooding is only likely to increase with climate change in years to come.

"That's why the SEPA campaign is so important in raising awareness of the impact of flooding and what people can do to protect themselves from this increasing threat. Through school plays, local advertising and community events, the campaign highlights practical measures we can all take to help tackle the devastating effects of flooding. I'd encourage everyone take action to ensure they are prepared at all times."

It's not only the rain that is around throughout the year. SEPA also runs Floodline, a 24 hour information service which provides live flood alerts and warnings, as well as offering useful advice and guidance to anyone concerned about flooding. Floodline is available by calling 0845 988 1188 or by visiting www.sepa.org.uk/flooding.

 

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