Being prepared for flooding: 10 years after the Central Scotland floods
Oct 13, 2016

The Stirling Observer this week carried a short article remembering the 2006 floods in Central Scotland which also covered the opening of the new RAB Consultants office in Stirling.

“It’s 10 years since Stirling’s worst floods in recent memory caused widespread disruption and damage.

Water levels peaked in December 2006 when the River Forth rose almost four metres to the highest level ever recorded.

Michael Cranston was at that time part of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood team, and now, a decade on, he has returned to Stirling to head the new Scottish office of RAB Consultants. The firm, which specialises in flood early warning, risk and resilience, will be based at Stirling University Innovation Park.

For the past 14 years, Michael has been working in the development of flood forecasting and warning services for SEPA. He established the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service which provides daily flood guidance to emergency responders.

The flood expert remembers the misery caused by the 2006 floods and is keen to share his knowledge with Stirling home owners and businesses, as well as those involved emergency planning, civil contingency and flood risk management.

Being prepared

Michael said: “SEPA have recently published figures that estimate over 3000 homes in Stirling and the surrounding area are at risk of flooding.

Because of climate change, these numbers will only increase in time and we need to be better prepared. We all need to be ready for flooding to protect our own homes and businesses. If anyone needs general advice on how they can be better prepared or what to do if they are affected by floods, then the Scottish Flood Forum has been set up to support flood risk communities in Scotland and offers help and advice.”

Home owners who think their home may be at risk are advised to heed advice on how to protect their home on the Scottish Flood Forum’s website: .

Flood early warning

Since 2006, a lot has been done to understand the flood issues. SEPA has published new flood risk maps online and Michael also helped the agency develop their flood warning systems, which include a free text message service for flood affected communities such as Cornton, Causewayhead, Bridge of Allan and Callander.

Michael said: “We will never stop flooding but as individuals we can always be better prepared for when it might happen and receiving a flood warning is probably the best way of being prepared.

SEPA work closely with the Met Office to monitor and predict rainfall and river levels. When they think there is a risk of flooding in an area then they will issue a flood warning through sending telephone or text messages to anyone registered.”

You can register for the free flood warning service by calling 0345 9881188.