As a precaution sandbags and barriers will be put in place at points near the River Esk in Musselburgh this evening ahead of high tides expected overnight and tomorrow afternoon.

While there are no official flood alerts in place at Musselburgh, precautionary action is being taken following assessment by council engineers to minimise any potential localised flooding from a possible tidal surge.

Sandbags and flood barriers will be put in place around the areas of the Electric Bridge and Shorthope Street.

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure, East Lothian Council, said:

“SEPA have issued a number of flood alerts or flood warnings in other parts of the country, mainly for coastal flood risk. Although no such alerts are currently in place in East Lothian, we are taking this action as a precaution before high tide at 3.29am tomorrow morning and at 3.40pm tomorrow afternoon.

“Officers will monitor the situation closely and issue further updates if required.”

Published: Wednesday, 22nd March 2023