Local News for Monday 10th December 2018
SEPA HI TECH FLOOD MAPPING SURVEY IN OUTER HEBRIDES
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) helps Scotland prepare for potential future flooding, gathering up-to-date data on flood risk, flood mapping and coastal erosion data is a critical part of this process.
SEPA is a significant investor in technology to gather this data – and over the next few months in the Outer Hebrides – the agency will be using aerial surveying technology to collect data.
Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Flood Warning & Informing Unit Manager said: ‘It involves building a 3D map of the terrain to help us understand which areas are most at risk from flooding. The aerial survey will be carried out over the coming months and local residents and businesses should be aware that a small aircraft will be flying over the islands during periods of fair weather and around times of low tides’.
This survey is the second development phase of a new coastal flood warning scheme to be launched for the Outer Hebrides in 2020. The new coastal flood scheme is being developed in collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the survey is expected to be complete (weather permitting) by April 2019.