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Entertainment Flooding: Airdrie residents and M8 drivers rescued by fire crews

19:50  12 august  2020
19:50  12 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped lift one of the vehicles out of the water describes the situation.

Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped

Residents had to be rescued by fire crews from flooded homes in Airdrie and submerged vehicles on the M8 as torrential rain deluged Monklands in overnight thunderstorms.

Occupants were evacuated from properties at Luing in Petersburn, and from four homes at Holly Street in nearby Craigneuk in the early hours of the morning.

Fire and rescue crews were then twice called to different houses at Bankhead Avenue, also in Petersburn, to more reports of flooding – as well as working to “reduce the impact of water” at a flooded workspace on Chapelhall industrial estate.

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Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped lift one of the vehicles out of the water describes the situation.

Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped lift one of the vehicles out of the water describes the situation.

It came as a heavy storm caused thunder and lightning and saw nearly 21mm of rain fall in just one hour at the Salsburgh weather monitoring station.

Fourteen people were rescued by firefighters following “significant flooding” on the motorway, with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) saying: “A number of cars were submerged between junctions five and six.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of flooding on the M8 between junctions 5 and 6 in Lanarkshire shortly before 4am; no injuries had been reported and officers assisted partner agencies.”

The M8 through Monklands was then closed for two hours between junctions five and seven, respectively Shotts and Eurocentral, fully reopening just after 8am.

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Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped lift one of the vehicles out of the water describes the situation.

Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped lift one of the vehicles out of the water describes the situation.

Airdrie’s first domestic flooding report of the storm was received by firefighters at 3.42am, with one crew being sent to Holly Street.

SRFS said: “Firefighters helped lead the occupants of four properties to safety, and worked to assist their emergency service and local authority partners.”

Twelve minutes after that call, two fire appliances were dispatched to Luing, where the fire service said there were “reports of a number of properties affected by severe flooding.

“A number of residents were evacuated from their home and led to safety.”

Flooding was reported at the commercial premises on Chapelhall industrial estate at 4.15am, “where firefighters worked to reduce the impact of water and to make the area safe”.

Single crews then twice attended Bankhead Avenue, with the SFRS spokesperson saying: “We were alerted at 4.41am to reports of domestic flooding; firefighters worked to make the area safe and support impacted occupants.

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Several drivers had to be rescued by fire crews after a Highway 401 off-ramp became flooded during a torrential downpour. A tow truck operator who helped

Eight drivers were helped to safety by firefighters after becoming trapped in half a metre of water on the North Circular road near Brent Cross. LFB sent four fire engines and about 25 firefighters to tackle the flooding , which began at about 15:30 BST on Monday.

“We re-attended the street to an additional property at 5.05am, with one appliance mobilised. Crews worked with their partners to ensure the area was made safe before leaving the scene.”

SFRS received more than 1000 emergency calls between 10pm yesterday and 8am today due to the severe weather; with the Johnstone control room covering the west of Scotland receiving more than 200, while more than half were registered in badly-affected Edinburgh.

The Met Office confirmed that its Salsburgh weather monitoring station recorded 20.8mm of rain in just 60 minutes from 2am; and a total of 22mm of rain in the 12 hours to 7am.

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SFRS deputy chief officer Ross Haggart said: “This was one of the busiest nights the service has seen this year so far, where we received an incredibly high number of calls.

“My thanks go to our crews and operations control for their outstanding work overnight in very challenging conditions, and to our partners for their continued assistance.

“This was an exceptional weather event; the number of severe weather incidents is increasing and as a service we must be prepared to respond to protect communities.

“We will continue to respond to incidents across Scotland, however we would urge people to be aware of the forecast and the risks – do not under any circumstances attempt to drive through flooded areas, and take steps to protect yourself and your property from floodwater where necessary.”

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