MORE than 8,000 residential properties are at risk from flooding in Ayrshire. And with the festive season underway, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding these communities to stay prepared in case flooding occurs.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the UK, and can happen at any time of the year, affecting your home, travel and work life.

Stewart Prodger from SEPA’s Flood Unit said: “Our Floodline service provides live flood updates and advice on how to prepare for and cope with the impacts of flooding 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”