RMS Bulletin: Severe Storms, Floods in North-eastern Scotland, Wales

November 3, 2009

“Heavy and prolonged rainfall across much of Britain on Sunday November 1st has triggered flooding across north-eastern Scotland and Wales, resulting in evacuations and property damage,” a bulletin from Risk Management Solutions reports. A total of 39mm [over 1.5 inches] of rain fell in Aberdeen over 12 hours, equivalent to half of the monthly average for the area. Heavy rain was also recorded elsewhere in Scotland with 32mm (1.25 inches] and 25mm [1 inch] falling in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.

RMS noted that “approximately a hundred people were rescued after the River Deveron broke its banks, with one home owner reporting a depth of 5ft of water in his home. More were evacuated after the rivers Cowie and Carron breached their banks. Transport services have also been disrupted by the flooding, with train lines into Aberdeen from the south closed and the A90 closed at Brechin.

“As at 12:00 UTC, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has a severe flood warning remained in place for the River Dulnain (meaning that there is a serious danger to life & property) and 3 flood warnings (meaning that flooding expected) on stretches of rivers across north-eastern Scotland.”

Flooding was also reported in mid-west Wales and south-west Wales with the counties of Dyfed, Gwent and Mid-Glamorgan particularly affected.

Ten people were rescued from vehicles in south-Wales. Flood levels have now receded and as at 12:00 UTC, the Environment Agency do not have any flood warnings in place. Although some heavy showers are forecast for the evening of Monday 2 November and Tuesday 3 November further extensive rain is not expected.

Source: Risk Management Solutions – www.rms.com

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