Bosses speak out as flood­ing hits busi­ness

Water lap­ping at the door of firms in Ruther­glen

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen busi­nesses are los­ing cus­tom due to a re­cur­ring flood­ing prob­lem from heavy rain and snow­fall.

Staff mem­bers at the premises on Down­iebrae Road de­scribed “waves” lap­ping up against their work­place and water ris­ing a foot above ground level dur­ing one par­tic­u­larly bad day re­cently.

They be­lieve the rise in the tide of the nearby River Clyde and blocked drains are the cause of the con­sis­tent flood­ing in their area.

Stephen Flem­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Flem­ing Car­pets and Floor­ing, has run the busi­ness for over 18 months.

He told how staff had to move their cars away from the build­ing and cus­tomers strug­gled to gain ac­cess.

He ex­plained: “I think the drains need prop­erly cleaned out.

“With the high amount of snow we’ve had, the tide in the River Clyde goes up 10 or 15 feet.

“Next door had water in­side on the day of the flood and we had water lap­ping up right at the door.

“Staff had to go out to their cars and move them.

“We had one cus­tomer, an older gen­tle­man, who drove up when he thought it wasn’t as bad and when he stepped out the water went into his shoe. He thought he had parked high enough on the pave­ment.

“But this has been a reg­u­lar prob­lem. Peo­ple who have been here longer than us have told us it’s been go­ing on for years.”

Chris­tine McGuire, co-owner of STF Glas­gow (Scot­tish Tubes and Fit­tings), re­vealed they had no cus­tomers on the day of the most re­cent flood.

“It hap­pens every time there is heavy rain fall,” she said.

“We didn’t get any [cus­tomers] be­cause the lor­ries couldn’t get in.

“It’s the waves that are caused by the flow of the traf­fic.”

Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North coun­cil­lor Ja­nine Ca­likes, said she had been in con­tact with both busi­nesses and in reg­u­lar cor­re­spon­dence with the flood and risk team with the aim of re­solv­ing the mat­ter.

A spokes­woman for Scot­tish Water said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to es­tab­lish the cause and a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to min­imise fu­ture dis­rup­tion.

“Scot­tish Water apol­o­gises for any in­con­ve­nience caused.”

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said they were work­ing with Scot­tish Water to iden­tify a so­lu­tion.

He added: “Fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall com­bined with snow melt­ing rapidly and al­ready­high river lev­els, drainage sys­tems around Dal­marnock Road and Down­iebrae Road were over­whelmed and the roads flooded.

“The coun­cil re­sponded by de­ploy­ing tankers to drain the flood­wa­ter un­til the drainage sys­tem was able to op­er­ate ef­fec­tively once more.”

Los­ing out on busi­ness Stephen Flem­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Flem­ing Car­pets and Floor­ing

Re­cur­ring prob­lem Flood­ing on Down­iebrae Road

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