VIDEO: ‘Direct action’ possible if Bo’ness floods continue

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Fed-up Corbiehall residents may be forced to take direct action next time a flash flood threatens their homes.

One resident of The Shores, David Yorke, said householders were ready to man the barricades to repel HGV drivers and ‘‘boy racers’’ who took no account of the ‘‘tidal wave’’ they caused by insisting or driving through the flood water at speed.

Flooding on Corbiehall, Boness on Tuesday 23rd July'pic by Charlie Simpson

Flooding on Corbiehall, Boness on Tuesday 23rd July'pic by Charlie Simpson

Mr Yorke, a financial planning consultant, told the Journal and Gazette: ‘‘Unless a permanent solution can be found it seems that radical action by the Corbiehall residents may be necessary.’’

It is understood an underground chamber above Corbiehall gathers rainfall which, under normal circumstances disperses naturally. Click above to see a video.

However, in exceptional circumstances, the system overloads sending thousands of gallons of water

cascading into the street below.

On two separate occasions on Tuesday, the water level rose dramatically threatening properties and businesses.

Giles Fairholm of the Corbie Inn said the problem is at West Back Hill.

A spokesman for Scottish Water told the Journal and Gazette: ‘‘We apologise to householders and businesses for the inconvenience caused by this and we want to thank them for their patience whilst we fully

research a solution for the area.’’