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Preparations and Advice on Flooding in Orkney

OLECG Orkney’s Local Emergency Coordinating Group met again on Saturday with Storm Ciara on its way. SEPA A FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Orkney

Inspector David Hall, from Police Scotland, urged drivers to move their cars from  the Waterfront West-Shapinsay Slip carpark and at Kirkwall Pier while the floodgates were still open.

He said:

“I’d like to thank motorists who’ve already done this. The flood gates would be closed as late as possible – and only if required to prevent flooding. But once shut, vehicles won’t be able to move from the carpark or pier.”

Ewan Sinclair, from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said:

“With strong winds and a storm surge expected, there are likely to be hazardous conditions in coastal areas facing the worst of the weather, especially when the tides are at their highest.

“We’d urge people to take great care and not to walk or drive through flood water – and if there is an emergency on the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

Inspector Hall also reminded people to keep a lookout for friends, family and neighbours who may require assistance.

He said:

“If anyone has any concerns, they should contact Police Scotland on 101.”

If anyone experiences a loss of power they should contact Scottish and Southern Energy on 105.

OLECG will meet again on Sunday afternoon and will issue a further update.

Weather updates are available on the OIC Updates Facebook Page, the OIC_Roads Twitter feed and the Orkney Police Twitter feed.

Flooding advice and information is available:

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