Orkney Coastal Flood Warning Scheme

Stormy seas off the coast of Orkney. Text overlay on top reads Orkney Coastal Flood Warning Scheme.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Orkney Islands Council launched new Coastal Flood Warnings for Orkney in September 2018. This has added 11 new Flood Warning Areas, to Floodline, SEPA’s flood forecasting and warning system.

Map of Orkney Islands with Flood Warning Areas highlighted in red.


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.

Members of the public who live, work or travel through these areas can now sign up to Floodline to receive free, advance notice of coastal flooding.

Sign up to Floodline online or phone 0345 988 1188

To sign up, you will need to have the postcode you would like to receive flooding messages for and the phone number to receive these messages.

A Flood Warning will be issued when flooding is expected for your area. The Flood Warnings aim to give you time to prepare for flooding and reduce the damage and disruption to your life or business.

If you receive a message you should view the live flood updates webpage or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 to find out more about the current flooding situation.

You can start being flood prepared now by visiting our other pages on the Floodline website. Follow our five easy steps to be prepared and visit our business page for more information and advice.

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 is a free service providing 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.