Storm chaos

‘Des­mond’ causes havoc in area

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Peter Cas­sidy

Storm Des­mond brought chaos to Ruther­glen over the week­end caus­ing a busy road in the area to be closed off for days.

Dal­marnock Road was closed to busi­ness for three days as tor­ren­tial rain­fall in Glas­gow over the week­end caused ma­jor flood­ing.

The road had been closed since Satur­day af­ter it was hit by heavy overnight rain­fall.

It re­maiend closed un­til Mon­day evening, but, with more rain forecast, the coun­cil do have tankers stand­ing by.

De­spite the flood­ing Tesco on Dal­marnock Road had man­aged to stay open.

Flem­ing­ton Road in Cam­bus­lang was also closed for a pe­riod due to a fallen tree.

Gor­don Mackay, Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “We worked over the week­end and all day Mon­day to re­move the flood wa­ter from Dal­marnock Road, al­low­ing it to re­open on Mon­day evening at ap­prox­i­mately 5pm. A par­tial clo­sure of the ded­i­cated lane which leads into the su­per­mar­ket site re­mains in place due to the pres­ence of stand­ing wa­ter which is con­tin­u­ing to dis­charge from the drainage gul­lies onto the road.

“We will con­tinue to re­move stand­ing wa­ter in an ef­fort to keep the road open and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to try to fully re­solve this prob­lem.

“In terms of the wider Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area, the only other ma­jor flood­ing in­ci­dent occurred on the A724 be­tween Blan­tyre and Half­way.

“The road needed to be closed on Satur­day af­ter­noon and it was re­opened early the fol­low­ing morn­ing.”

Di­ver­sions from the Dal­marnock Road clo­sure had been go­ing through Ruther­glen Main Street and Shaw­field.

Scotrail re­ported no ma­jor dis­rup­tion to their net­work on the Ar­gyle line al­though some ser­vices were can­celled on Satur­day morn­ing.

Many homes ex­pe­ri­enced some flood­ing in the area.

Jor­dan Trainer, who lives in a block of flats on Cam­bus­lang’s Glas­gow Road, said: “As we are low down, the wa­ter al­ways seems to come into our area and it can be really dif­fi­cult to get in and out of the build­ing.

“We also have el­derly res­i­dents in the build­ing so it’s very wor­ry­ing.”

At the time of go­ing to press, weather warn­ings were still in place over Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang for

We have el­derly res­i­dents in the build­ing so it’s very wor­ry­ing


Wa­ter bus A bus flood gets through

wa­ter on Croft­foot Road

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