Scores trapped as torrential rain lashes UK

Author: By Matt Dickinson and Lucy Christie, Press Association

Scotland has been worst hit by the downpours, with several severe flood
warnings in force after rivers burst and threatened their banks and flooded
houses.

Fire crews in parts of Wales have also had to pluck people from houses and
cars, with the deluges also cancelling a number of train services. The
weather brought a washout end to a week of balmy style conditions.

Stonehaven in Grampian suffered some of the worst flooding after a river burst
its banks in the town and caused 50 people to be rescued from their homes.

In Tayside, people were trapped in their cars and evacuated from their
properties, with roads closed and trains cancelled as water levels soared
across Angus, Perthshire, Grampian and Fife.

And in Dundee, the SPL match between Dundee United and Rangers was abandoned
at half-time because of the heavy rain.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 13 flood warnings –
three of which are severe – with six warnings in place across northern
England. Much of the rest of the UK is also subject to flood alerts.

Tom Tobler, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press
Association, said the heavy rain was dying out across the UK but conditions
will remain wet and windy.

This week will also see daytime temperatures return to single digits in much
of the country, falling as low as 2C in some areas.

“The warm southerly winds have gone, and they are coming in from the west
now,” he said.

“We will be back to normal temperatures this week. It’s going to be quite
unsettled everywhere over the coming days, with rain at times for most of us
and still quite windy.”

In Wales, five adults and a baby were reportedly rescued from two houses in
Meidrim, Carmarthenshire.

Two women were also stuck in floodwater in their car in Landore, Swansea, and
four people stuck in two cars near Newcastle Emlyn.

Scotland’s severe weather warnings affect the Rivers Spey and Isla, with
experts warning that the levels are “extremely” high.

Service between Edinburgh and Aberdeen have been cancelled this morning.

The main road route north, the A90, was closed at Brechin and rail passengers
travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh were left stranded for hours by
flooded lines at Stonehaven and Montrose.

Homes in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie and Maryton, Kirriemuir, were flooded.

Forth Coastguard had to assist police and fire crews as 50 people were
evacuated from the Cameron Street area of Stonehaven and taken to the town
hall.

Superintendent Innes Walker of Grampian Police said: “People should not take
journeys unless absolutely necessary and they should listen to the radio for
updates on road conditions.

“The advice we are getting from the Met Office is that conditions improved
overnight but clearly there will be a knock on effect for commuters.

“Grampian Police are working with the local authority, Scottish Ambulance
Service, Grampian Fire and Rescue and the Coastguard to alleviate the
problems and minimise the effects of this flooding on affected people.”

Aberdeen received 39mm of rain in the 12 hours from 6am to 6pm yesterday.

About 32mm fell in the Edinburgh area and 25mm in Glasgow.

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