Text warning system to protect Scots against flooding

Residents of Scotland’s east coast are being given the opportunity to sign up for free SMS warnings of impending flood threats, bbc.co.uk reports.

Set up by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), the new scheme will involve using SMS messaging to get warnings out to residents who may be in danger of flooding. By using text messages, it is hoped a warning can reach the recipients quickly, on a device they are rarely without.

Areas including Granton, Leith and Portobello Esplanade are among the 28 included in the scheme, which will cover a total of 4,000 properties in Edinburgh and a further 2,000 in East Lothian. It will give people between three and six hours notice of potential flooding; enough time to make preparations and warn others who may also be affected.

The scheme is completely free and open to anyone, however, which means it doesn’t have to exclusively be residents of these areas who can apply, but those who work within them or regularly travel through.

Speaking to scotsman.com at the launch of the scheme, director of science and strategy, Dr David Pirie, enthused: “We are delighted to launch the new coastal flood warning service for Edinburgh.

“It represents a major investment in building community resilience to coastal flooding. As we saw before Christmas, this can cause significant disruption and damage so it’s vital we are aware and prepared for it.”