Severe flooding leads to disruption of Hogmanay

Travelers are facing the Hogmanay disruption on Scottish railways after Friday’s floods.

The West Coast Main Line is closed between Carlisle and Scotland and services on other closed lines are slowly being restored.

Three warnings and four flood warnings are in place in central and southern Scotland.

A yellow caution notice, valid until 3pm, is in place for snow in parts of northern Scotland.

The line from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh had to be closed due to severe flooding but has since reopened.

Engineers worked through the night to clear a landslide on the line just south of Markinch station in Fife.

Passengers on trains on services north to Edinburgh and south to Aberdeen and Inverness are currently advised not to travel.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has confirmed there are no more flood warnings for Dumfries and Galloway after the River Nith flooded its banks on Friday in Dumfries.

At one point, Sepa implemented 10 regional flood alerts on Friday, along with 29 local flood alerts and one major flood alert for Dumfries.

The severe flood warning which was issued for Whitesands on Friday night has been canceled although flood warnings are still in place.

Sepa said levels in the River Nith were the highest on record, exceeding Storm Frank in 2015 and floods in December 1982.

Flood warnings are:

  • Romannobridge at Lyne station in the Scottish Borders

  • Rosebank in west central Scotland

  • Carmyle in west central Scotland

Marc Becker, head of floods at Sepa, said: “Friday we saw Scotland hit by another significant flood event, with southern and central Scotland hit hard this time in particular. This comes after recent flood impacts in the east and north-east Scotland in November.

“What made Friday’s event notable was not only the intense nature of the rains, but also the rapid and extreme rise in river levels resulting in the highest river levels on record in the Nith.

“While Hogmanay and New Years are seeing an improving picture, we will see rain, sleet and snow on the higher ground, particularly across the Bells.

“With the residual impacts on the ground, particularly in southern and central Scotland, we are encouraging people who live, work and travel to remain vigilant, stay clear of floodwaters and follow the latest information from Sepa, transport authorities and the police Scottish”.

Cars drove through a flooded section of the A921 between Inverkeithing and Aberdour as Scotland experienced heavy rain on Friday

Two yellow weather warnings remain in place ahead of the new year.

An ice warning was issued for Grampian, Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland from 6.00pm Saturday to 11.00am Sunday.

A snow alert runs from 10pm Saturday to 10am Sunday, covering southern and central Scotland.

The Met Office said the deadly bomb cyclone that plunged temperatures in the US over Christmas was causing the weather to become unsettled in the UK.

Meteorologist Simon Patridge said the impact on Scotland would not be “even remotely dramatic”.

Dumfries Flooding

The River Nith has burst its banks in Dumfries

Dumfries Flooding

Dumfries Flooding

The Dumfries and Galloway Virtual Operations Support Team website went live on Friday, signifying a major incident in the region.

Dumfries and Galloway Council closed The Whitesands in Dumfries to traffic from 10am, before the River Nith burst its banks in the afternoon.

Several roads around Glenlee village between New Galloway and St John’s Town of Dalry were closed, including the A762 at Waterside and Lochside Point, the A712 at Ken Bridge, the B7000 at High Bridge of Ken and the A713 at Parton Mill.

Elswehere, the M74 northbound was closed at junction 13 near Abingdon due to flooding on Friday, with Traffic Scotland reporting delays of around 80 minutes in both directions.

The M9 was also closed in both directions between junctions 9 and 10, near Stirling.

Flooding on the M74 at Abington

Flooding on the M74 at Abington

On the road:

  • The A77 was closed in both directions at Bellfield Interchange

  • The A78 has been closed in both directions at Bankfoot roundabout, Inverkip

  • In North Ayrshire, the A78 between Hunterston and Portencross was closed for several hours

  • The westbound M8 between junctions 2 and 3 in West Lothian was affected

  • In Edinburgh, the A720 was closed at Dreghorn

Rail travel has also been affected. Network Rail Scotland said more than 20 flooding problems along Scotland’s railways had caused “major disruption”.

The line at Bowling in West Dunbartonshire was completely submerged. Crews managed to clear the flood and reopen the line by 12:30 on Friday.

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