Roads and communities across Perth and Kinross recovering from torrential rainfall and floodwater

Roads and communities across Perth and Kinross were hit with torrential rainfall and floodwater once again last week.

The Met Office issued a yellow and amber weather warning advising local people to be prepared for disruptive deluges on Thursday and much of Friday.

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The national weather service said close to a month’s worth of rainfall had hit some areas in the 48-hour period.

SEPA also issued a number of flood warnings for various areas in Perth and Kinross including Kinnaird/Bridge of Dun, River Isla at Aberbothrie and Coupar Angus Bridge of Ruthven to Leitfie, and Pitlochry to Ballinluig.

It comes two months after parts of Perth were submerged by rising water after the Craigie Burn burst its banks due to relentless heavy rainfall.

The ongoing misery has prompted calls for urgent action to tack the issues with some residents flooded three times in the last two years.

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In the most recent flooding, standing water is pictured on rural roads and streets in Abernethy and Scone where the authorities urged extra care for drivers and residents.

Roads including the A93 Perth to Blairgowrie and the A913, between Newburgh and Abernethy, had to be closed.

The A94 between Perth and Scone. Photo by staff photographer Richard Wilkins.

The B954 Alyth to Meigle Road and the C423 Aberbothrie Road were both closed for a period due to flooding, while motorists were urged to approach the A923 Blairgowrie to Coupar Angus road and the A984 Bendochy to Dunkeld, between the A923 and A93, with care or find alternative routes due to prominent flooding spots.

Susan Swan, a resident of Abernethy for over 40 years, said new houses at Sandilands Grove were flooded, where many had only been occupied for the last few months.

The Crees Inn was also said to have been affected as parts of Main Street became a shallow waterway after The Nethy Burn burst its banks.

The Craigie Burn in Perth on Friday when floodwater rose the water level to splashing over the footbridge (Image: Janice Haig)

Susan said: “The village had some flooding two months ago and our back garden was flooded.

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“We were more prepared this time and were more able to divert it.

“The Main Street was mainly flooded and the owners who moved out of their homes two months ago when they were flooded have been flooded again.

“So it has been twice in two months we have been affected.”

A meeting of local residents was held at The Crees Inn yesterday evening (November 21) regarding flood concerns, with points raised to be brought up at Thursday’s local community council meeting.

Bus operator Stagecoach East Scotland was forced to divert or cancel a number of its services.

Meanwhile, ScotRail reported “major disruption” on several routes as trains had to run at reduced speeds.

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