Severe Weather Hits Scotland

By Oliver Graham-Yooll and Kathleen Oliver

Rescue services save passengers stuck in floodwaters as severe weather ravages Scotland causing damage across the country.

A clean up operation has begun after torrential rain and winds of 77mph causing damage to roads and homes. Rescue services were placed under increased pressure as floods trapped passengers in cars on roads in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

A child and seven adults were saved from floodwaters in Ayrshire where 30 cars were stranded resulting in one elderly man having to be hospitalised.

In a similar incident a disabled man and women were saved by fire services after being trapped in floods in Caldercruix, Lanarkshire.

A spokesman from Tayside fire services, said “Two incidents caused by the weather over the weekend had caused major debris on roads and damage to chimneys and roofs. These incidents were all dealt with as swiftly as possible.”

The Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary issued a weather warning on Saturday, to motorists concerning the danger of standing water as “extremely hazardous”. High winds also caused injuries as falling masonry injured one man on Aberdeen’s Guild Street, Grampian fire and rescue service said.

Many homes suffered leaks and damage to roof tiling due to the intense weather conditions. And many roads remain blocked today as fallen trees have interrupted movement on many rural roads.

Large vehicles were stopped crossing the Tay and Forth Bridges, as ferocious winds threatened to topple them.

Forecasters threaten that the weather is set to turn into sleet and snow over the coming days.

Matthew Dobson, of Meteogroup, said: “From Sunday there will be much colder weather coming along.”

“There will be a complete change in fortunes, with the potential for sleet and snow showers across Scotland from Monday onwards, especially in the north.”