Sunday, January 17, 2010

Flooding brings fresh chaos to Scotland

Lauren Crooks in the Daily Recond (Scotland): Fed-up Scots' weather woes continued yesterday as the freeze gave way to gales and floods. Met Office experts issued alerts as downpours combined with the thaw to leave roads underwater. High winds added to the gloom, hitting 75mph in the northern isles. Forecasters also warned last night that the snow could be on its way back.

MeteoGroup's Paul Mott said: "It will turn colder in the middle of the week and there is a risk of some snow, looking ahead to Tuesday night and Wednesday." Overnight flooding led to a landslide on a road in southern Scotland yesterday and the closure of some routes, including a stretch of the M74 near Crawford.

Surface water also made for treacherous conditions around Stirling and in Ayrshire. Police closed the A811 between Kippen and the Ballat crossroads. Flood watches were in place in Dumfries and Galloway, with the River Nith once again bursting its banks in the town. Gales wreaked havoc with ferry services….

Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway, shot by David Grimshaw, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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