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Coastal flooding risk sparks Sutherland warning amid high spring tides and strong winds

By Philip Murray

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Stormy weather on the sea. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Stormy weather on the sea. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Coastal communities on Sutherland's east coast have been warned to expect possible flooding due to high spring tides and strong winds.

A stretch of coast from Helmsdale to Embo was subject to an updated flood warning at the time of writing.

A wider, lower level, flood alert is also in force for Sutherland and Caithness in general – again due to coastal flooding risk.

The higher flood warning alert for the coast between Helmsdale and Embo has highlighted Golspie as being particularly at risk.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which issued the warning, said: "A combination of high tides and prevailing weather conditions means that flooding from the sea is expected to affect low lying land, roads and properties along the Moray Firth coastline at Golspie.

"Wave overtopping is expected to affect areas at risk of flooding in Golspie include the Harbour area and Shore Street.

"Large waves and flooding impacts are expected.

"The greatest risk is around the time of the high tide which is at 1pm on Monday.

The areas coloured in red are at risk of coastal flooding, Sepa has warned. Picture: Sepa.
The areas coloured in red are at risk of coastal flooding, Sepa has warned. Picture: Sepa.

"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 update 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 22110."

Elsewhere. further flood alerts ­- again for coastal flooding - were in place all along Moray Firth coastal areas in Ross and Cromarty, Inverness-shire, Nairnshire and Moray..

As well as these general alerts, heightened flood warnings are also in place between Findhorn and Lossiemouth, and between the Spey Viaduct and Spey Bay.

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