Legislation, Strategies & Plans

Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 adopts a proactive approach to managing flood risk in Scotland. Under this Act SEPA has been tasked with leading the development of Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans, working in partnership with Local Authorities, Scottish Water, the Forestry Commission and the National Park Authorities.

SEPA published the Flood Risk Management Strategies (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) in June 2015.

Outer Hebrides Local Flood Risk Management Plan

The Comhairle is responsible for the preparation of the Outer Hebrides Local Flood Risk Management Plan (5.3MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

The Interim Report (3.9MB) shows the progress made in delivering the actions of the Outer Hebrides Local Flood Risk Management Plan midway through the plan cycle.

The Comhairle has determined under Section 8(1) of the Act, and in consultation with the SEA Gateway, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage, that the Plan is unlikely to have significant environmental effects and therefore a full strategic environmental assessment is not required. ( Determination and Screening Report ) (5.1MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Further information can be found on the SEPA (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and Scottish Government (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) websites.

Maintenance and Repair Schedule

Pending works schedule
Completed works schedule

Flooding in the Western Isles

As much as anywhere else, flooding affects the North West of Scotland. In the Western Isles the most significant flood threat comes from coastal flooding.

SEPA has prepared the following short animation which provides both information on why flooding occurs and also an overview to Scotland's approach to flood risk management, including how public bodies are working together to reduce flood risk in the future.

Flooding, Why It Happens and How We Can Help

Anyone can be affected, whether through:

  • disruption to travel when rivers burst their banks
  • direct flooding from localised flood water
  • coastal flooding
  • or even flooding caused by overflowing drains