Storm Babet - Risk to Life - If Told to Evacuate, Please Leave

Published on Thursday 19 October 2023

Storm Babet update (as at 8.30pm):

The latest modelling from @SEPA is that river levels on the South Esk could reach an unprecedented 5m above normal levels. The Brechin flood defences are designed to deal with river levels of 3.8m.

This means that there is a serious risk to life from excessive flooding.

Building on work undertaken during the day, we are, alongside Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue colleagues, currently revisiting all properties identified as at risk to evacuate remaining residents who were reluctant to leave earlier.

If you believe that you are at risk of flooding and wish to be evacuated, please call our ACCESSLine number 03452 777 778 for rescue. Lines are open until 22:00. If danger is imminent, please call 999.

We are expecting peak levels at around 01:00 and again 08:00 but if the modelling is correct, the river will overtop long before that peak so the time to leave is NOW.