Floods in Scotland Cause Havoc
North and East Scotland have been hit by heavy rain causing chaotic flooding this weekend. Trains have been cancelled, roads closed and homes are awash with dirty water.
In Aberdeenshire, dozens of elderly citizens have had to be moved from their care home; rivers in the area burst their banks following the downpour. On the A60 road, a man died after his car collided with a lorry; police have said that the bad weather was likely to have been a factor in the accident. It lead to the road from Fraserburgh to Cortes being closed for several hours. Several schools have had to be closed too.
In Angus, Arbroath was virtually cut off with roads in and out impassable due to the floods. Even the railway line from Aberdeen to Edinburgh could not be used.
The town of Stonehaven was hit particularly bady; residents tried to protect their homes by making sandbags out of pillow cases filled with sand collected from the beach. Some streets in the town had to be evacuated. The water was at “chest height” in the main street when at its highest point; it is now said to be receding. Many residents were forced to retreat to the upper floors of their homes, and 50 people in the town were evacuated.
The Aberdeenshire Council are working very hard to combat the torrential rain by keeping roads clear, providing sandbags and assisting with evacuations, though their resources are spread thinly.
The town of Huntly is one of the worst hit and police are now focusing their efforts on the area, since the waters from the river Deveron made their way into many people’s homes. Further areas still have severe flood warnings in place.
Passengers on the train from Edinburgh were left in the lurch when they were forced off at Arbroath, and then informed that bus replacement services could not be arranged due to the rain. Tayside Police have urged drivers to stay off the roads wherever possible, as conditions are currently very dangerous.
Great Britain is no stranger to torrential rain, with places all over the country having been hit by severe floods over the last decade. Chelsea Escorts are not at high risk in the centre of London, but they have all bought Wellington boots just in case! Any visits to the countryside might require them, and it would seem that no part of the United Kingdom is completely safe from flooding.