October 8, 2008

Sandbags Issued in Flood Threat


SANDBAGS were being provided in Ayrshire to protect properties from flooding yesterday as heavy rain resulted in traffic chaos in the southern half of Scotland.

Firefighters from Ayr and Cumnock were called in to take preventative measures to limit damage to up to 30 homes in Dalrymple at 11.40am Working with the local authority, fire crews laid sandbags where necessary and provided advice to local residents The move came as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) confirmed four flood watches covering west-central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway rivers with 15mm of rain expected in three hours.

Late yesterday afternoon, Sepa issued a separate flood warning for the River Nith downstream of Auldgirth including Dumfries.

Severe weather warnings issued by Transport Scotland yesterday revolved around standing water on more than 30 roads, including the M8

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