Analysis of October Floods in Fife, Scotland

October 15, 20120 Comments

Heavy rainfall triggered severe flash floods across Tayside and Fife on Friday October 12th 2012. One property situated in Dura Den, pictured above, had an entire wall washed away by the force of the flood.

Flood risk analysis

We carried out a flood risk analysis of the above property, which is located between Cupar and St. Andrews. Its exact location is shown on the Google Map below. The damaged property is the building with the grey roof in the centre of the image.

An initial screening using our flood checker indicated that this property has a medium risk of flooding from surface water (pluvial) sources. The flood map below, modelled using our Flowroute™ technology, shows the areas surrounding the property where heavy rainfall would be expected to result in floods. As you can see, the property sits very close to surface water accumulation areas.

Further analysis of our report on the property highlights an interesting fact: the Environment Agency does not identify this property as one at risk of flooding, as their data does not account for pluvial sources. Our own data shows that this property sits within 250m of the source with a 1 in 75 yr flood event frequency.

View the full report

Take a look at our detailed report for the above property:



This case is a reminder of the fact that homeowners need to be vigilant when considering the risk of flooding to their property. The Environment Agency admits that their flood data and flood maps only offer a generalized picture of risk, hence the need on the part of the owner to investigate and protect.


BBC News – Torrential Rain Warning for East of Scotland
BBC Scotland – Clean-up After Severe Rain Hits Scotland
Daily Record – Scottish Flood Warnings Persist
The Courier – Cost of Flash Floods

Before the Flood. Image: Google

After the Flood. Image: Getty

Filed in: Flood modelling

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