Edinburgh weather: flood warnings still in place

Sheree Fraser with the flood defences that saved her house. Picture: Scott Taylor
Sheree Fraser with the flood defences that saved her house. Picture: Scott Taylor
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FLOOD warnings were hanging over parts of Lothian today after severe downpours threatened to burst the banks of several burns and rivers.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) ­issued an amber alert ­fearing an overflow at the Water of Leith and Braid Burn.

Despite continued heavy rainfall, neither waterway’s banks were breached, but flooding did disrupt rail services and damaged properties in Midlothian and East Calder.

A farmer helped avert ­possible disaster in Penicuik by digging large trenches to steer flood waters away from a low-lying bungalow at Loanstone near Auchendinny.

Using a JCB, the good samaritan successfully protected the house while fire crews laid sand bags to stave off further flooding.

High water left a health centre in Main Street, East Calder, under two feet of water after a local burn burst its banks.

Fire crews used a portable pump to remove the water before deploying sandbags to keep further ingress at bay. It is thought Linhouse Water had become swollen by heavy rains and it then flooded Main Street.

Resident Brian Fraser, 46, alerted the emergency services after seeing his garden “fill up like a swimming pool”.

“It could have been ­devastating but for the actions of the fire service,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for them there would have been big-time floods in this area.” Mr Fraser added: “The burn overflowed and all the water came running down my garden and into the health centre car park on Main Street. It was like a river in my garden but the firefighters were quick to pump the water out.”

There were also fears of flooding in Kirkliston, where premises including a children’s nursery were putting out sandbags.

Kirkliston resident Fred Banger said the river was “well in flood”. He said: “I’ve lived here for a long time and it is about the worst I’ve seen it.”

Hour-long delays hit rail services on ScotRail trains between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley due to flooding at Cleland.

There was also some disruption experienced after water gathered on the line near Kirknewton. Train services from London Euston to 
Edinburgh and Glasgow were also ­disrupted.

ScotRail said due to flooding ­between Linlithgow and ­Haymarket, services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street had been reduced to half-hourly.

The fire service said it had not been called to any fresh flooding incidents overnight.

A spokesman for SEPA said there remained the potential for localised flooding to low-lying land and “vulnerable roads”.

david.mccann@edinburghnews.com