Pictures and video show Water of Leith rising after heavy rain and thundersnow hit Edinburgh

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The Water of Leith is rising after heavy rain and thundersnow hit the Capital.

Pictures taken by David C. Weinczok show the water levels as it passes by Stockbridge and Canonmills.

David commented: “It was crazy, there's been much worse rain before but never seen the levels quite like this.

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"Hope there's no damage to nearby homes, it looked dicey at points.”

SEPA has issued a flood warning for the Lothians.

Water levels were expected to peak at 9pm on Friday.

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SEPA issues flood warnings across Edinburgh and the Lothians

A spokesperson from SEPA said: “On Friday and into Saturday a spell of persistent rain, combined with some snowmelt, could cause surface water flooding.

Picture Credit: David C. WeinczokPicture Credit: David C. Weinczok
Picture Credit: David C. Weinczok

"The greatest risk will be in urban areas and across the transport network.

"Rivers will also respond to the rainfall and this could result in flooding from small and medium sized watercourses.

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"Typical impacts may include disruption to travel and flooding of low-lying land, roads and isolated properties.”

A City of Edinburgh Council spokesperson said: “Following communications with SEPA this afternoon we put our emergency flood response plans in place. There were reports of some water rising above the bank levels in Stockbridge and Roseburn however the flood prevention gates we had installed worked successfully and prevented any river water escaping. There was a coordinated council response with teams from flood prevention and roads operations installing and closing flood gates and monitoring water levels.”

Picture Credit: David C. WeinczokPicture Credit: David C. Weinczok
Picture Credit: David C. Weinczok

Meanwhile, residents across the city were again woken during the night by loud ‘thundersnow’ which hit shortly after 1am on Saturday.

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