SEPA FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Orkney.

Over the next few days, a combination of high tides and strong winds means that flooding to coastal areas could occur.

The main areas likely to see disruption are the Churchill Barriers, but other low-lying areas exposed to the west/northwest wind could see some issues too, especially around the time of high tide.

The highest tide on Thursday is expected to be at 10:40 (Rapness) and 12:00 (Kirkwall). SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will appear here if the situation changes.

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 ALERT 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

Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 22500

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