Bosses speak out as flooding hits business
Water lapping at the door of firms in Rutherglen
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