Edinburgh flooding RECAP: Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms | Road diversions in place across Capital | Cars stuck in giant puddles | Trains at reduced speed

As Edinburgh was hit by torrential downpour, here is how the flooding unfolded in the Capital.

Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 8:40 am
Here is the latest news on how the flooding is affecting the Capital.
Here is the latest news on how the flooding is affecting the Capital.

This blog was live on Monday, August 9.

From road diversions to weather warnings, here is all you need to know on the flooding as it happens.

The news comes after the Met Office announced a yellow warning of thunderstorms across the Capital and the east of Scotland.

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The yellow alert also covers the Borders and Dumfries and will last from midday today until 9pm.

It brings with it potential disruption, with delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, as thunder and lightning is forecast throughout the day.

The Met Office says of the warning: “Heavy, slow-moving, thundery downpours will develop on Monday.

"Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 20-30 mm rain may fall in a short space of time, perhaps with 50-80 mm over several hours in a few places.

"The showers will die out during the evening.”

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Edinburgh flooding LIVE: Road diversions in place across Capital | Cars stuck in giant puddles | Trains working at reduced speed

Last updated: Monday, 09 August, 2021, 17:42

  • Cars stuck under railway bridge
  • Road diversions across the Capital
  • Cameron Toll struck by ‘significant flooding'

Fire crews arrive at Corstorphine to help with flooding

Broomfield Crescent is severely flooded today and fire crews have been spotted in the area as they arrive to help

One source said: “Water is rising to residents’ doorways.”

Bus routes back to normal at Cameron Toll as flooding eases

Edinburgh City Council ‘responding to reports of surface water.’

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said that the council’s gullies team is responding to reports of surface water around the city.

However, added that the team is not aware of anything being worse than the last bout of heavy rain.

Edinburgh Transport and Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “We make every effort to respond to the effects of any heavy rain as quickly as possible, with gully teams out and about tackling any blocked or overwhelmed road gullies. Our Flood Prevention team are closely monitoring the weather forecast and river levels and checking culvert grilles too, and are ready to close flood gates if necessary. I would encourage anyone heading out and about to take care, especially if driving in areas where surface water has gathered. Please do not drive through water as the backwash caused can further effect homes and businesses as well as jeopardise your car if water enters the engine or electrical systems.

“Sudden, extreme and often localised weather events like these are extremely difficult to predict and, unfortunately, are becoming more frequent as climate change effects intensify – today’s publication by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change backs this up. We’ll continue to do everything we can to minimise the impact on the city’s roads and to monitor river flows and we’re now also developing surface water management plans to identify the areas most at risk of flooding, and to consider what mitigating actions we can take.”

Forth Road Bridge closed

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