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Flooding Advice & Information

The Forth - Local Flood Risk Management Plan (2016 - 2022) - Interim Report

Please refer Stirling Council's Flooding web page where a copy of The Forth - Local Flood Risk Management Plan (2016 - 2022) - Interim Report can be downloaded. This report is published by Stirling Council on behalf of a partnership comprising five member local authorities, including Clackmannanshire Council, as well as Scottish Water, SEPA and other responsible authorities. The Interim Report describes the progress being made by all responsible authorities to deliver the actions set out by "The Forth - Local Flood Risk Management Plan (2016 - 2022)" to avoid and reduce the risk of flooding in The Forth Local Plan District.  

Publication of the National Flood Risk Assessment 2018

To help manage flood risk and reduce impacts to communities Scotland developed it's first Flood Risk Management Strategies published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in December 2015.

Scotland is separated into 14 Local Plan Districts (LPDs) which are based on river catchments across administrative boundaries.  Each LPD has it's own strategy to manage flood risk with a linked Local Flood Risk Management Plan (all 14 local plans were published in June 2016). Taken together the strategies and plans set the direction for the coordination of flood risk management efforts by responsible authorities. 

Clackmannanshire Council has flood risk management responsibilities and is a member of The Forth and The Forth Estuary LPDs and has had detailed involvement in the preparation and agreement of the strategies and plans.

To Inform the first flood risk management planning cycle a National Flood Risk Assessment (NFRA) was published by SEPA in 2011 to provide Scotland with the tools to assess and better plan for the consequences of flooding.

Refer to SEPA's proposals to publish a second NFRA (21 December 2018). This information will inform future understanding of flood risk and preparations by all responsible authorities for the second cycle of LDP strategies and plans (2022 to 2028).

Interested in becoming a Community Flooding Volunteer?

TCV Scotland and Clackmannanshire Council will provide free training and support to monitor sediments and clear burn debris and identify invasive non-native plant species. No previous knowledge of the subject required.

Express an interest or find out more about our project by contacting Amanda Malcolm, or mobile 07917 460488

Flood Warning Scheme for the Firth of Forth - New Coastal Flood Warning Area 'Kennet Pans to Alloa'

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Council have been working in partnership to launch of a new Coastal Flood Warning Area for The Firth of Forth. The warning area will be known as 'Kennetpans to Alloa'. SEPA will publicly launch this warning area on Monday 25th September 2017 and from that date SEPA will be able to issue flood warnings of exceptionally high tides covering areas between Kennetpans and Alloa. Within the new warning area, property, land, access routes or other services within or close to the area may be impacted during a flood event from the Firth of Forth.

You can sign up to register for the Kennet Pans to Alloa free Flood Warning and receive messages straight to your phone. Flood warnings give you time to prepare for flooding and reduce the damage and disruption to your life. Call SEPA's Floodline service on 0345 988 1188 or visit to sign up now.

Publication of Local Flood Risk Management Plans for The Forth and Forth Estuary Local Plan Districts - 22nd June 2016

To help manage flood risk and reduce impacts of flooding on communities Scotland developed it's first Flood Risk Management Strategies published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in December 2015. Scotland has been separated into 14 Local Plan Districts (LPDs), these districts being based on river catchments across administrative and institutional boundaries. Each LPD has a bespoke overarching strategy in place to manage flood risk.

Linked to these strategies Local Flood Risk Management Plans which will be published by all 32 local authorities on 22nd June 2016. Taken together the strategies and local plans set the national direction for future coordinated efforts to manage flood risk. Within each LPD there is a lead local authority responsible for the coordination and publication of their Local Flood Risk Management Plan which takes forward objectives and actions to translate them into a local plan.

Clackmannanshire Council, as an authority responsible for flood risk management, is a member of The Forth and The Forth Estuary LPDs and has had detailed involvement in the preparation and agreement of the LPD strategies and local plans. From Wednesday 22 June 2016 you will be able to access the contents of the Local Flood Risk Management Plan for The Forth LPD online on the Stirling Council web site at :

The local plan for The Forth Estuary LPD can be downloaded from the City of Edinburgh Council web site at :

The Flood Risk Management Strategies for The Forth and The Forth Estuary LPDs can be viewed online on SEPA's web site at :

Hard copies of each of the above plans and strategies can be made available to view at the Council Offices at Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB on request.

Sources of Help and Information During Flood Events

We monitor areas liable to flooding, assess flooding problems, carry out flood maintenance works and offer advice to help reduce flood risk.

Please note that during the late autumn / early winter period, the majority of minor flooding incidents occur due to the accesses to drainage systems being blocked by fallen leaves. Where possible, it would be appreciated if residents could attempt to clear leaves from gulley grates in the first instance (where safe to do so). This will allow us to focus our resources and arrange for routine maintenance (sweeping etc) to be carried out in a more efficient manner. If you do undertaken such action but suspect further investigation will be required in the short term, please email us at to advise.

If you have any information relating to flooding from burns, ditches or any other sources, please email us at

River Devon Flood Warning System

A new flood warning system has been developed by the Council and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) for the River Devon. The system is now operated by SEPA, through their current 'Floodline' service. It gives 3 hour advance alerts and warnings of likely flooding at six specific locations along the river which have been prone to flooding.

  • Rackmill, Dollar
  • Sterling Mills, Tillicoultry
  • Elistoun Drive Area, Tillicoultry
  • Glenfoot Bridge at Marchglen
  • River Devon at Alva
  • Menstrie Industrial Site
  • River Devon at Cambus Weir

Floodlineis a public information Service currently operated by SEPA providing flood alerts and warnings, together with advice on what to do before, during and after a flood. The service is provided through a dedicated 24 hour telephone line (0345 988 1188) and through the SEPA website.

SEPA have introduced a national Floodline direct warning service that will send messages about flooding directly to people and businesses who register for the service.

Frequently Asked Questions on Flood Risk Management

The Scottish Advisory and Implementation Forum for Flooding (SAIFF) has produced a useful frequently asked questions document. This gives practical information and advice on the roles, responsibilities and planning processes associated with flood risk management in Scotland. It also offers useful information on topics such as 'Flood Mapping', 'Property and Insurance' and 'Flood Warning'.

Watercourse Maintenance

The Roads and Transportation Team carries out the Council's obligation to ensure that sensitive watercourses are inspected and maintained to minimise the incidence of flooding of land. This involves operating cyclical inspections and maintenance of sensitive watercourses and the clearance of any debris collected at structures across watercourses. This weblink will take you to a linked Council web page where you can review the Council's recent inspections and maintenance actions to reduce flood risk at various prioritised watercourse locations.

We also monitor weather forecast information from the Met Office and flood warnings from Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to help us prepare, where possible, sensitive watercourses in advance of extreme rainfall events.

Through our maintenance regime and professional analysis of our sensitive watercourses we aim to develop improvement programmes to reduce flood risk to property along the rivers, burns and other sensitive watercourses in Clackmannanshire.

Flood Maps for Scotland

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 has introduced a coordinated partnership approach to how we tackle sustainable flood risk in Scotland. In order to make targeted and effective flood risk management decisions Scottish Environment Protecton Agency (SEPA) are now looking at whole river catchments and other sources of flooding.

As part of this, new flood maps for Scotland are being published by SEPA in partnership with the Council and Scottish Water. These flood maps are the most comprehensive source of flood hazard and risk for Scotland. They include information on the types of flooding and the likelihood of flooding. These maps will be used to identify communities that are potentially at risk from flooding and its impacts. They will be used to raise awareness with the public and assist in decision making for flood risk management and land use planning.

For Further Information Contact

Roads, Traffic & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000