Clean up begins after flood damage

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Council staff have began to assess the damage of Monday’s flash floods and have started the clean up operations around the city.

The flash floods followed torrential rain and thunderstorms, which saw parts of the city flooded, with Murray Place and Port Street being the worst affected areas.

Schools across Stirling experienced closures, with Wallace High School and Castleview Primary both closed on Tuesday, but were only expected to be shut for one day whilst the damage was repaired.

Local businesses that were not affected took to social media to ensure customers that they were still open, although some local ventures were not so fortunate.

The owners of Our Place Cafe next to the Thistles Centre posted on social media that due to the floods they would be closed for the foreseeable future.

Council crews were deployed to the Station underpass and the A9 Burghmuir Road on Tuesday, sandbags were deployed at Springkerse and emergency work is continuing at Broad Street.

The council and emergency services were quick to respond to Monday night’s situation and have been praised by councillors for their efforts.

Convener for Environment and Housing, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “It’s hard to remember such severe flash flooding like this in Stirling with so little warning but as conditions deteriorated last night, Council staff responded quickly with partners in the Police and Fire and Rescue Service to react to the damage and disruption caused by the weather.

“Our praise goes to the people who were first on the scene and all the teams who worked long into the night to get as many roads and footpaths open as possible in the wake of such a swift turn in the weather.”

Many of the flooded roads were cleared by early Tuesday morning, with Burghmuir Road being opened at 1:30am and Causewayhead being reopened at 3am.

Vice convener of Environment and Housing, Cllr Danny Gibson added: “It is always difficult to quantify exactly how much disruption will be caused by an extreme weather event such as this, but our teams responded excellently.

“Work continues today to fully assess the damage and our clean-up operation is well underway to ensure roads, underpasses and schools are able to function normally.”

Stirling Council are continuing to assess the damage caused by the floods and will issue updates via social media.

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