UK – Rescues After Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Scotland

Hours of heavy rain on 24 June caused flash flooding in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and other eastern and central parts of the country.

Flood rescues in Stirling, Scotland, June 2019. Photo: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said on 24 June via Social Media, “Intense rainfall continues to move north across central belt and eastern Scotland, resulting in surface water disruption on urban roads and transport links.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters worked throughout East and Central Scotland with partners to protect communities and property as torrential rain caused widespread localised flooding.

In Edinburgh, flooded streets caused problems for the city’s drivers and public transport. Tram services were temporarily suspended in some areas after flood water had covered tracks. According to the UK’s Met Office, Edinburgh saw 44.4mm of rain in 24 hours to 24 June.

In Stirling, central Scotland, heavy rain caused damage to several buildings including a supermarket. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service reported that they rescued 14 people stranded in a flooded building during the evening of 24 June.

Surface flooding was also reported in the town of Kirkcaldy on the east coast, where several public buildings were closed as a result.

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