Floods, gales and snow ahead

SEPA say the parts of Helensburgh highlighted in red are at risk of flooding tonight.
SEPA say the parts of Helensburgh highlighted in red are at risk of flooding tonight.

Alerts have been issued for high winds, flooding and snow along the Clyde coast for the rest of this week.

And a specific flood warning has been issued for Helensburgh’s seafront.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “High tides, storm surge and gale force winds are forecast which could lead to coastal flooding of this area.

“At this time flooding of the A814 Rhu Road and pier car park is expected. We are forecasting coastal flood levels to peak at approximately 3.6m in the early hours of Thursday morning around 1am.

“Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.”

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for Argyll and Bute over the next few days.

There is an ‘amber’ wind alert in place for today, Wednesday December 18, with severe gale force winds gusting up to 70 or 80mph expected in places, especially later at night.

Tomorrow (Thursday) there is a risk of snow, high winds and rain, and once again there is a Met Office amber warning in place.

Snow and strong winds are also forecast for Friday December 20.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: “Our roads teams are doing as much as they can to prepare for any bad weather – including stocking up on sandbags in case of flooding, making plans for treating roads and checks for obstructions like fallen trees.

“They are monitoring weather forecasts and road conditions very closely and winter crews are on alert.

“If you do have to travel when the weather is bad, please bear in mind the weather conditions when planning your route and drive carefully – there is a risk of snow and ice in the early hours of tomorrow morning.”