SEPA have addressed claims that they didn’t activate their flood warning system in enough time during the heavy rain. A spokesperson for SEPA said: “SEPA would like to clarify that flood warnings were, in fact, in place for Brechin, Finavon and Tannadice (upstream) and Kinnaird/Bridge of Dun (downstream) ahead of the flooding event”
“SEPA issued the flood warning, which means that flooding is imminent and immediate action is required, for Brechin two hours in advance of the flooding. This is when we were confident that flooding would impact River Street and the Brechin Flood Warning area. Providing an advance warning of flooding gives members of the public and responder organisations, including local authorities, time to prepare and take action against flooding impacts.”
They continued: “SEPA’s Floodline service provides free advance flood warning messages direct to mobile ‘phones or landlines. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, via our website, or by calling 0845 988 1188.”
SEPA provided a list of updates, with the first Angus flood alert being released at 11.10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11. They updated the alert at 11.48 a.m. on Friday, October 12, stating that river levels were raised in Angus. A flood warning was then issued for Brechin at 5.25 p.m. that evening warning that the River South Esk was high and would continue to peak, presenting a flood risk to gardens in River Street. Another update was released at 6.34 p.m. saying that there was a flood risk to River Street and the Inch.