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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Orkney Islands Council are launching new Coastal Flood Warnings for Orkney in September. This will add 11 Flood Warning Areas, to Floodline, SEPA’s flood forecasting and warning system, meaning SEPA’s flood forecasters will soon be able to alert people in these areas up to 48 hours in advance of coastal flooding.


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The 11 Flood Warning Areas are: Burray and Ayre of Cara, Churchill Barriers, Kirkwall, Longhope and Hoy, Sanday, Scapa, St Margaret’s Hope, St Mary’s and Graemeshall, Sanday, Stromness, Stronsay and Westray.

On 18 & 19 September, SEPA will be hosting community information sessions across Orkney. These events invite members of the community to drop in and meet SEPA representatives, ask questions about their local Flood Warning and sign up to receive warnings direct to their phone.

Find your local event here:

18 September

  • Kirkwall and Scapa: 14:30-19:30 @ Kirkwall and St Ola Town Hall

  • Stromness: 14:30-19:30 @ Stromness Public Library

  • Longhope and Hoy: 14:30-19:30 @ YM Hall

  • St Mary's and Graemeshall, Burry and Ayre of Cara & St Margaret's Hope:
    14:30-19:30 @ Cromarty Hall

19 September

  • Stronsay: 13:30-17:30 @ Stronsay Fish Mart

  • Sanday: 15:30-19:30 @ Sanday Community School 

  • Westray: 14:00-18:30 @ Hofn Youth Centre


Orkney residents living or travelling within the identified Flood Warning Areas are invited to come along to an event closest to them and learn more about the service. Please note, you will not be able to sign up for Coastal Flood Warnings until 18 September and you can sign up online or in person at one of the community events.


Coastal Flood Warnings are issued via Floodline, SEPA's public flood warning service. When flooding is forecast, a message will be sent by phone as an SMS or voice message alerting of potential flooding and where to find more information. The advance notice can give people the extra time needed to prepare and take any necessary actions to protect themselves and their property.

Floodline provides free live flooding information and advice on how to prepare for, or cope with, the impacts of flooding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information can be accessed by everyone via the Floodline website, SEPA’s Live Flood Updates webpage or by phoning Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

For more information about the Orkney Coastal Flood Warnings, please contact flooding@sepa.org.uk.