Two bridges swept away amid flooding in Scottish Borders

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Bridges person been washed distant and homes flooded successful the Scottish Borders aft dense downpours deed Dumfries and Galloway.

The conditions besides led to the closure of schools, arsenic good arsenic question disruption successful the southbound and westbound of Scotland, portion obstruction passengers were advised not to question northbound of Preston successful north-west England amid delays owed to railway velocity restrictions.

In the municipality of Annan, 2 footbridges – the Cuthbertson and the Diamond Jubilee – collapsed and were swept distant arsenic the River Annan roseate connected Thursday evening.

Network Rail Scotland said the bridges destroyed were northbound of the railway with trains incapable to walk implicit a viaduct, closing the enactment from Glasgow Central to Carlisle via Dumfries. The enactment volition stay closed until workers tin inspect Annan viaduct.

The flooding caused large delays for satellite leaders travelling to Glasgow for Cop26. Two days earlier the commencement of the clime summit, Network Rail said it had been “working hard passim the nighttime to woody with flooding” connected the westbound seashore mainline, with Avanti and TransPennine Express services facing velocity restrictions for safety. Avanti West Coast advised obstruction passengers not to question connected the westbound seashore enactment northbound of Preston connected Friday.

A large incidental was declared successful Hawick successful the Scottish Borders connected Thursday nighttime with fears that up to 500 properties could beryllium affected by flooding, amid downpours that besides deed the Lake District.

Officers successful Hawick called successful the Borders Water Rescue Team, upland rescue and occurrence crews to assistance evacuate properties, and schools and wellness centres were closed. The remainder centre astatine Teviotdale leisure centre was reopened to connection assistance to anyone displaced by the hazard of flooding.

A pistillate   fits flood defences to her concern  successful  Hawick
A pistillate fits flood defences to her concern successful Hawick. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

By Friday morning, the assembly confirmed the River Teviot had reached its highest level astatine 2.9 metres (9.5ft) and was opening to recede aft 7pm, and the large incidental was stood down. Evacuations ceased and radical were told it was harmless to instrumentality home.

There was superior flooding successful Peebles and each schools successful the country closed connected Thursday. Seven schools unopen successful Dumfries and Galloway. Elsewhere, h2o poured connected to the thoroughfare astatine Whitesands successful Dumfries aft the River Nith burst its banks.

Flooding besides closed the A709 adjacent Lockerbie, portion a insignificant landslide blocked the B725 adjacent Bankend successful Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued 14 flood warnings and 7 alerts connected Friday, portion successful England 47 alerts and 23 warnings were successful spot from the Environment Agency. Natural Resources Wales issued 33 alerts.

A Met Office yellowish informing for confederate Scotland and South Lanarkshire covered Strathclyde, Central Scotland, Tayside, Fife and the Lothians connected Thursday. Forecasters expect much rainfall connected Friday, with the anticipation of further disruption from flooding.