Amber warnings hit Carrick as rain returns

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Jim McGuire from Barrhill braved the A714 on foot on Monday. GG 2011075 12
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Jim McGuire from Barrhill braved the A714 on foot on Monday. GG 2011075 12

THE CARRICK public is being warned to make provisions for flooding and transport disruption as the Met Office ups weather warnings for southwest Scotland to amber.

Yellow warnings for rain were already issued for today (Thursday) two days ago after the region was deluged with water on Monday, but at 4am the amber warnings for Strathclyde and Southwest Scotland went live.

A frontal system moving eastwards throughout the day is expected to bring rainfall in excess of 40mm and winds of 50 to 60 mph in places.

Coming so soon after heavy rain earlier in the week the Met Office is warning Scots this is likely to provoke further issues with flooding.

On Monday heavy rain caused the A77 to close for nine hours between Ballantrae and Cairnryan from around 1pm on Monday after the River Stinchar burst its banks.

The B734 was also closed, along with the A714 at Daljarrock Bridge from around 10.50am. Vehicles were diverted down at Newton Stewart and up the A75 then up the A77.

With travellers penned in by road closures, an emergency rest centre was set up in Ballantrae Community Centre on Monday afternoon and was already supporting up to 12 people by 6pm.

In neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway, the A714 was shut near the junction with the B7027, just south of Barrhill, and the A762 between New Galloway and Allan Gibbon Bridge was also closed.

The road across the Cree Bridge in Newton Stewart was closed to traffic and pedestrians from 3pm and throughout Monday’s rush hour after the river burst its banks, only reopening at 9.30am on Tuesday and forcing local commuters to divert via Dumfries, Cumnock, and Ayr. Eight people also had to be rescued from flats in the town.

A total of 11 flood warnings were still in place in Scotland on Tuesday morning and Ayrshire and Arran was one of nine regions to be issued with an amber flood alert.

Today four Scottish regions have been issued with amber warnings for rain and an additional two with yellow warnings, while 12 areas - including Ayrshire and Arran and neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway - have been placed on flood alert.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is advising residents to remain vigilant to flooding from rivers and small watercourses and surface water flooding, particularly in built up areas and on the road network.

The amber warning for rain will expite at 5pm today, while the current amber flood alert will end at around 1pm.

For flooding information and advice visit www.sepa.org.uk/flooding, or call the Sepa Floodline on 0845 9881188.