The flood maps are designed to:
Show you where flooding may happen so you can take appropriate action like signing up for free flood warning messages from SEPA to help you be prepared.
Help identify the most effective actions to manage flood risk and develop plans to tackle flooding.
Support emergency response to flooding by local authorities and emergency responders.
Support a more sustainable approach to managing flood risk by considering where natural flood management could be most effective.
Enable better planning decisions to avoid unnecessary development in flood risk areas.
It’s important to understand what the flood maps won’t do:
They do not increase flood risk to people and property. The flood maps provide more information on the existing flood risk to help us make more informed decisions and target the most appropriate areas for action.
They do not identify individual properties and how they are affected by flooding. The map provides a community level view to support decision making.
They cannot be used for commercial purposes and to set insurance premiums.
They do not show the interaction between the sources of flooding. For example, they do not show the combined impacts of a river and coastal flood happening at the same time.
Read more at SEPA’s website link