Floods havoc as river banks are burst

HEAVY rain washed away part of a wall next to Drymen Bridge on Tuesday after the River Endrick burst its banks.

The A811 road was closed as a result and the nearby Drymen showfield was badly flooded.

By Wednesday morning the waters had receded, exposing the extent of the damage to the south of the bridge.

Approximately 100 metres of boundary wall/retaining wall has gone, along with the adjacent footway and part of the carriageway. This has exposed a gas main, which will need to be assessed by Scottish Gas before repairs can be carried out by the roads maintenance service.

The bridge itself was undamaged and opened to traffic on Wednesday, with temporary traffic signals in place due to the restricted width of carriageway.

The A81 between Blanesmithy and Blanefield at Dumgoyne was closed on Tuesday.

Central Scotland fire crews were also busy overnight on Monday attending to a number of flooding incidents, including some in Blanefield and Strathblane, as a result of the torrential rain. Joe Andrews, group manager operations, said: “We are prepared and equipped to deal with situations such as flooding.

“We would particularly advise people to take care when driving on the roads after extreme rainfall and only make journeys that are necessary.”