VIDEO: Falkirk begins to mop up after Storm Desmond’s visit

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The clean-up in Falkirk has started after day of torrential rain and gales.

Storm Desmond left its mark on the central belt on Saturday with flooding closing numerous roads and a serious of minor accidents adding to the chaos.

Pic: Michael Gillen

Pic: Michael Gillen

With conditions having improved overnight it is expected the A9 Stirling Road will be reopened this morning.

However, the A905 at Dunmore remains closed with teams from Falkirk Council continuing their work to alleviate the flooding to the carriageway.

Some drivers are still ignoring road closure signs and police have urged people to obey the instructions and use alernative routes as stranded vehicles are stretching already strained resources.

Half of the carriageway at the Bogton section of the A883 is clear, however the road will remain closed for the time being to allow the water to abate.

05-12-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview, East Stirlingshire v Clyde game off due to flooding.

05-12-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview, East Stirlingshire v Clyde game off due to flooding.

The A883 Checkbar to Denny road at the motorway bridge is also still shut with flooding extending across the full width of the carriageway.

Yesterday’s local sports programme was virutally decimated, with Falkirk’s match with Livingston one of the many call-offs despite high hopes eatlier in the day that it would beat the elements.

The Westfield pitch was playable but structural damage to one of the stands raised safety concerns and forced the postponement.

One match which did go ahead was Stenhousemuir’s Scottish Cup tie at East Kilbride. However, Warriors fans may well wish it hadn’t as their team went down to a shock 2-1 defeat after extra time.

05-12-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. CAMELON to LARBERT. Stirling Road closed due to flooding, River Carron has burst its banks.

05-12-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. CAMELON to LARBERT. Stirling Road closed due to flooding, River Carron has burst its banks.

Looking The forecast going forward is for a generally dry day with rain spreading in to the area after midnight.