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Sepa flood warning issued for River Nairn; amid wider flood alerts across the Highlands

By Philip Murray

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Flood alerts and a warning are in place (stock image).
Flood alerts and a warning are in place (stock image).

A flood warning is in place along parts of the River Nairn following heavy rain.

The warning covers a section of the River Nairn between Nairn in the east and upstream beyond Cantraydoune in the west

The warning came into force shortly after 6am on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said: “A flood warning has been issued for Nairn Side (Cawdor).

“Heavy rainfall has caused levels in the River Nairn to rise. Agricultural land, low lying properties and roads in the lower Nairn valley may be at risk of flooding between Cantraydoune and Nairn.

“Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property. Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.

“This flood warning is now in force until further notice and was sent by phone and SMS free of charge to registered customers of our Floodline direct warning service. If you haven't already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup.

“Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 22422.”

The warning comes amid a number of wider, lower level, flood alerts in communities across the region.

There are currently flood alerts in place for the Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside area, as well as Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, the Great Glen, Lochaber and Skye.

Commenting on those flood alert zones, the spokesperson added: "A period of heavy and persistent rain from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday evening could cause flooding impacts from surface water and rivers. Particularly at risk are urban areas and the transport network. Impacts may include flooding to low-lying land and roads, with difficult driving conditions. Isolated properties may also be at risk."

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