A major flood causes disruption at Hogmanay

Travelers faced disruption on Scotland’s Hogmanay Railways following Friday’s flooding.

The West Coast Main Line is closed between Carlisle and Scotland due to a landslide damaging the track.

The Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh line had to be closed for several hours due to severe flooding, but has since reopened.

Flood warnings have now been lifted, but Met Office ice alerts remain in place across Scotland.

Network Rail said its engineers were assessing a landslide on the West Coast Main Line to determine what repairs were needed to reopen the railway south of Carstairs. He said the line would remain closed until the end of Saturday.

Meanwhile, engineers worked through the night to clear a landslide on the line south of Markinch station in Fife.

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

At one point on Friday, Sepa issued 10 regional flood warnings, 29 local flood warnings and a severe flood warning for Dumfries.


Sepa said levels on the River Nith had reached an all-time high, higher than Storm Frank in 2015 and flooding in December 1982.

Marc Becker, Floods Manager at Sepa, said: “On Friday, Scotland was hit by another significant flood, particularly this time in southern and central Scotland. This comes after recent flooding in eastern and north-east Scotland. in November.

“What made Friday’s event notable was not only the intense nature of the rainfall, but also the rapid and extreme rise in river levels that brought river levels to all-time highs in the Nith.

“While we see improvements throughout Hogmanay and New Year’s Day, we’ll see rain, sleet and snow in the higher ground, particularly in Bells.

“With the remaining impacts on the ground, particularly in southern and central Scotland, we are urging people living, working and traveling to be vigilant, avoid flood waters and follow the latest information from Sepa, transport authorities and Scottish Police.”

Cars on the A921

Cars navigated a flooded section of the A921 between Inverkeithing and Aberdour as heavy rain hit Scotland on Friday

Two yellow weather warnings for the New Year are still in effect.

An ice warning was issued for all of Scotland from 6pm on Sunday until 11am on Monday.

The Met Office said the deadly bomb cyclone that sent temperatures down in the US over Christmas has caused unsettled weather in the UK.

Meteorologist Simon Patridge said the impact on Scotland “wouldn’t be as dramatic”.

Dumfries flood

The River Nith burst its banks at Dumfries

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

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

Nith councilor David Slater said he remembered plans to install a flood defense system in Dumfries as far back as 2000.

He launched a campaign for a flood barrier in 2015 after several failed attempts.

“I brought engineers here from a company that makes flood barriers to make these rising walls,” he said.

Dumfries flood

Dumfries flood

“They came and spoke at a meeting on George Street that was attended by 150 people and it was pretty much unanimous that people would like something like this to keep the view of the river and the parking lot because it’s so important to the city.”

Although the flood barrier was approved following a public inquiry, the planning team has asked the Scottish Government to extend the deadline as the current deadline is March 23.

“Now it’s been out of date for years,” Cllr Slater added. “Technology has moved forward at a dizzying pace and we are trying to build something that many thousands of people have refused because it will be built on the steps of a bridge.

“Most of the politicians stand next to the bridge, it is the most photographed area in the city, the bridge is very old.”

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson, who runs Frothy Bike in Dumfries, experienced severe flooding

Ross Anderson, who runs a bike shop and coffee shop, Frothy Bike in Dumfries, says his shop has suffered severe flooding.

He said: “We went down before the water crossed the road, we had time to lay down the sandbags as best we could.

“I would say at the time we didn’t know how deep it would be, so we built a wall of about 2m with sandbags in front, put our pumps in place, put sandbags by the back door.

“We had a lot of family helpers here, so we took down our Christmas decorations.

Within an hour, the store’s water was knee-deep, he said, with the main damage being to kitchen equipment and home appliances.

His team has already started cleaning up.

“If we work hard over the next week, it may well open in the first week of January,” he added.

“If it’s week two that’s acceptable, but if it leads to February due to complications or financial reasons then it’s really going to take a toll on business.

“The longer we stay locked up, the harder it is to open it, it’s not easy.”

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