Vulnerable Braehead again hit by flooding

linlithgow flooding
linlithgow flooding

HOMEOWNERS desparately worked to unblock street drains on Wednesday night as floodwater threatened their homes.

This was the scene (pictured below) at Braehead Road, Linlithgow, after a day of torrential rain.

Braehead resident Andrew West said: “We were forced to clear drains and unblock roadside gutters after heavy rain caused flooding.

‘‘The flood prevention scheme at the Mains Burn coped well but the amount of leaves on the roads choked drains and the residents were forced to act because houses were threatened as the water level rose.”

The area was badly 
affected by floods around 10 years ago and local residents were quick to act to prevent water getting into their homes.

The amount of rain was exacerbated by damage to a manhole on the street.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “Following 
extremely heavy rainfall in Linlithgow and surrounding areas our waste water network was inundated with surface water in a number of catchments.

“In the Braehead Road/Golf Course Road area this caused damage to a manhole.

‘‘We will carry out a repair as quickly as possible.”

Lothian and Borders police and the fire service attended the scene along with a West Lothian Council team.

A council spokesman said: “Our operatives did attend the scene on Wednesday night and helped clear any debris away on Thursday morning.

‘‘We understand Scottish Water attended.”

By Thursday morning, police reported the road was passable with 
care, with no need for closure.