Local MSP calls for flood summit as rain causes chaos in Greenock

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By a Newsnet reporter
 
SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called for a summit on the flooding that has caused chaos in the town of Greenock.  The MSP spoke out after heavy rainfall caused floods that devastated areas around Scotland.

Particularly badly hit was the town of Greenock which was cut off as torrential rain caused flooding that closed the main A8 artery in and out of the town.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called for a summit on the flooding that has caused chaos in the town of Greenock.  The MSP spoke out after heavy rainfall caused floods that devastated areas around Scotland.

Particularly badly hit was the town of Greenock which was cut off as torrential rain caused flooding that closed the main A8 artery in and out of the town.

The rain was compounded by a high tide that led to staff at the local RBS and T-Mobile call centres being told to stay at home as flood waters engulfed the shoreline situated buildings.

Locals said they had never seen anything like it as a month’s worth of rain fell in a few short hours and some schools were closed.  Minor waterfalls sprang up as rainwater drained from the surrounding hills causing trains to be cancelled and major disruption to bus services.

Residents at the Travel Lodge hotel were forced to spend an extra night at the hotel as the waters rendered roads unpassable.

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has now written to the Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Stewart Stevenson MSP, to highlight the on-going flooding issues in Inverclyde.

Mr McMillan, MSP for West Scotland, said:

“Today we are again witnessing terrible flooding in Inverclyde which is causing lengthy delays and road closures. 

“The closure of the A8 road network in Inverclyde is a major issue for everyone including those travelling to the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley for appointments.

“Firm action must be taken in Inverclyde to tackle the problem of flooding as for too long this issue has affected local people, the local economy and the livelihoods of the people in the area.

“Therefore, I have written to the Scottish Government asking that an Inverclyde Flooding Summit be arranged with all relevant stakeholders including Inverclyde Council, Scottish Government, SEPA, Scottish Water and other agencies with a focus on helping reduce disruption from this issue.”

Greenock is bracing itself for more problems as weather forecasts predict further prolonged rainfall from 6pm this evening.

 

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