After 24 hours of heavy rainfall, large parts of Scotland were severely affected by flash floods and flooding, causing travel disruption on Sunday morning.
Near Inverness, flooding hit homes in Balloch, Smithton, Culloden. The A96 Balloch junction was “badly flooded” and other roads were affected by “significant surface water” – Northern Constabulary advised drivers to take alternative routes. Murray Road and Murray Terrace in Smithton, and Barn Church Road in Culloden were closed by police.
Flash floods transforming streets into rivers hit the Perth area, flooding Feus Road, Crieff Road, Fairfield, Hillyland, Cherrybank, Letham, Gannochy and Bridgend areas on Saturday night. In Bridgend, firefighters rescued two pensioners trapped in their home during the worst of the flooding. Firefighters also helped many motorists trapped in their cars who were caught out by rising flood waters at the Lochie Brae junction with Main Street.
Firefighters from Perth, Coupar Angus, Auchterarder, Creiff, Dunkeld and Dundee all worked throughout the night to finally get control of the situation.
Tayside Fire and Rescue Service received no less than 40 calls over a two hour period on Saturday as heavy rains drenched the Perth area with a total of approximately 500 calls received by emergency agencies. Tayside Fire and Rescue managed to clear away the water by 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Further south, Edinburgh was hit by flash floods in Balerno, and some train services in Glasgow were affected by flooding, stopping high-level trains from operating in or out of Queen Street. Glasgow Rutherglen and Partick services were also disrupted.
A weather warning continues, forecasting further heavy rain in the Highland area and the Moray Firth basin