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‘Danger to life’ warning issued as severe flooding hits Perth and Kinross

Several roads across Perthshire were shut due to flooding.

Flooding across Perth
Flooding has hit Perth and Kinross. Image: Supplied.

A ‘danger to life’ rain warning was issued across Perth and Kinross following widespread disruption.

SEPA had to extend their warning on Sunday afternoon.

The Met Office warned that “further rain is likely to add to the disruption and flooding in some places”, and that fast-flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life.

Police warned people not to make unnecessary journeys as severe flooding forces road closures.

Several roads across Perthshire were shut.

These included:

  • A85 Perth to Methven
  • A984, Main Street, Meikleour,
  • A923 Blairgowrie to Dunkeld
  • A85 Methven, Clunie Loch – where a tree is blocking the road
  • Queen Street in Perth
  • B996 junction at Glenfarg to Milnathort.
  • B9099 Main Road, Murtly and the road between Glenlyon and Fortingall.

Flooding was also reported at the Broxden roundabout.

Traffic Scotland also reported that the A92 at Letham, in Fife, is closed.

Flooding has hit Perth and Kinross, including the Craigie area. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson.
Flooding at North Inch. Image Supplied.

The Queen’s Bridge in Perth was shut due to high water levels in the River Tay, as well as the promontory on Tay Street.

A Police Scotland Spokesperson said: “Severe flooding is affecting roads in the Perth and Kinross areas.

“Officers are asking people to avoid unnecessary travel today.

“Several routes are closed; please do not ignore this advice it’s for your safety, and congestion caused by vehicles could restrict emergency services and recovery vehicles from providing essential assistance.”

Among those impacted by the flash floods was Janice Haig, who lives in the Craigie area of Perth.

She said: “Yesterday we had water under the floor and in the garden so we have already been pumping that out.

Janice Haig. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson.

“And because the ground was already so saturated, by 7.30 this morning we had about five or six inches (of water).

“We have a small path between us and the burn and it did start to come over so that floods the garden more.

“There was also around eight or nine inches of water under our floor.

“It comes quickly and goes quickly.”

Heavy rain has fallen on the region over the weekend. Image: Supplied.
Pwople out to see the Tay River level. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson.

Widespread flooding

Areas of Fife had also been hit by flooding, including in Leslie where the Camby Burn had flooded the Back Braes area.

Multiple flood warnings were issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for areas across Tayside and Fife.

These included:

  • Finavon and Tannadice
  • Kinnaird/Bridge of Dun
  • Aberfeldy
  • Stanley Mills
  • Dalguise
Firefighters attend a flooding at the Royal Bar on Perth’s South Street. Image: Supplied.
Disruption is expected to last most of the day. Image: Supplied.

Travel disruption was expected to last throughout Sunday, including rail services.

The line between Dunblane and Perth had closed after a stone which supports the track was washed away near Forgandenny, south of the Earn viaduct.

Network Rail also closed the line between Dundee and Aberdeen at Craigo, just north of Montrose due to flooding.

Council’s handling of floods ‘utterly shocking’

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has said that the council have “serious questions” to answer following horrendous flooding to properties in the North Inch area of Perth.

Mr Fraser said: “We are witnessing very high levels of rainfall this weekend across Perthshire, with areas of Perth city centre being badly affected.

“The North Inch in Perth has been inundated by flooding problems caused by a flood gate being left open. This appears to be an appalling error.

“As a result, householders in Barossa Place and Rose Terrace in Perth are suffering as a result and are paying the price of Perth and Kinross Council’s flood management system.

“The response from the council on this is utterly shocking.

“They have stated that the warning about the river level came too late to close the flood gate, which has resulted in flooding, and a resultant flood warning from the North Inch to the Friarton Bridge.

“This is extraordinary.

“Why were all the other flood gates closed except this one? Was it overlooked?

“The people of Perth have suffered enough from horrendous flooding in the past – incidents like this should not be happening again.

“There are serious questions here for Perth and Kinross Council to answer.”