Commuters face travel chaos as floods hit Falkirk

The area around the Howgate car park was flooded
The area around the Howgate car park was flooded
  • District braces itself for Storm Abigail
  • Flash flooding causes problems for motorists
  • Warnings of strong winds overnight and into Friday
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Hundreds of communters faced a lenghty trip home following heavy rain in Falkirk this afternoon.

And residents across the district are bracing themselves for strong winds tonight as the effects of Storm Abigail start to take their toll.

Office worker Pauline Hume told the Herald it took nearly an hour to make the journey home to Dunipace.

‘‘Two fire appliances passed our office just before 5pm and when I left work shortly afterwards they were pumping water at the bottom of Cockburn Street. The stretch of road between the roundabouts at the Howgate and Woodlands Local was completely flooded.

‘‘I had to go through the shopping centre to get to my car but the pavements were flooded as well so I had to take another detour.

‘‘On the way home conditions were horrendous with localised flooding and surface water slowing traffic down.’’

Conditions were horrendous with localised flooding and surface water

Pauline Hume

A weather warning issued by the Met Office said: ‘‘Southwesterly gales or severe gales will develop across much of north and west Scotland on Thursday and then extend across eastern areas and the Northern Isles into Friday morning. Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely with the possibility of gusts to 80-90 mph.’’

Police also advised people to take care, stating: ‘‘With ‪Storm Abigail‬ expected to bring strong winds to much of Scotland later tonight and across the peak travel period tomorrow morning please plan ahead and keep safe.’’

If you have photos or videos of the storm, you can send them to us at editorial@falkirkherald.co.uk.