Heavy rain and high winds cause travel disruption, but no one’s going anywhere fast
By Democrat reporters
Heavy rain and strong winds are causing flooding and travel disruption – and most people are content to stay in, and coorie in.
The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for much of the south and west of the country for as the weather sweeps across the Irish Sea to Covid-blighted Scotland.
The A83 Rest and Be Thankful has been closed again and again and Scotrail has reported delays on a number of routes.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) confirmed 38 flood alerts and warnings were in place across the country.
How bad it was, how bad can be seen from the picture above of the main road into Argyll and Bute from West Dunbartonshire.
Mark Franklin, Sepa’s flood duty manager, said: “Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across much of Scotland.
“Flooding impacts from rivers and surface water are widespread across much of the south west and west of Scotland, including Argyll, much of central Scotland and extending across Tayside into Angus and Aberdeenshire.
“Impacts may include flooding of land and roads, disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.”
Mr Franklin added that spray and waves along the Solway coast, west coast, the Caithness, Sutherland and Moray coastlines and around the Orkney and Shetland Islands may also cause problems.
In Aberdeen the city council was distributing sandbags because of a risk of flooding in the Footdee area of the city.
Rail services at Queens Park in Glasgow were suspended for a time on Saturday after a trampoline blew onto the line.
ScotRail tweeted a picture of it jammed next to a train.
The A83 and the Old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful will remain closed for the time being due to “significant rainfall” .
An estimated 53mm of rain fell on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday, and a decision was taken to close the Old Military Road at around 08:20 after flooding in the area near the River Croe.
Traffic is being diverted via the usual standard diversion route on the A83, A82, A85 and A819 where additional patrols will be in place to help ensure the roads remain clear and safe.
Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s North West representative, said: “Since the closure at least two landslides have occurred above the A83 which have predominantly been caught in the debris nets although the events are continuing.
“Excess water has also washed material onto a section of the Old Military Road.
“With poor weather set to continue overnight we will reassess the situation on an ongoing basis.”
In Helensburgh in Argyll and Bute, the A814 road was closed after high winds caused chunks of masonry to fall of a tenement next door to an abandoned Chinese restaurant.
The building at the junction of Sinclair Street and East Clyde Street which has been badly damaged by high winds and rain.
Members of the public are furious about the Helensburgh incident.
GlasGLOW organisers itison said in a statement: “There are currently high winds, and whilst the gardens themselves are safe, we have lots of barriers throughout the gardens for social distancing, which are vulnerable to high winds.
“We’re absolutely devastated to have to cancel, especially at short notice, but the wind has picked up to a level where we need to be cautious.”
The company added all ticket holder will be refunded.
- Top picture: Memory Lane – Not for the first time the water breaches the sea wall on West Clyde Street, Helensburgh.