Glasgow floods cause road and rail chaos

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The weekend’s torrential rain and severe flooding in Glasgow caused massive disruption to road and rail, including many trains to the West Coast.

In Biblical scenes on Monday, the same day a ‘code red’ UN scientific report warned of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding due to global warming, residents on Summerhill Road in Drumchapel were forced to barricade their doors when the road turned into a river. Photographs showed another street submerged under four feet of water.

Train services were also disrupted with railway lines flooded at Dalmuir and near Bearsden by the extreme weather, with knock-on chaos for the West Coast.

‘Services between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban, Fort William and Mallaig were subject to delays and alterations from around 7pm until the end of service on Saturday August 7, due to flooding at Dalmuir,’ reported a spokesperson for the national train operator ScotRail.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency put nine flood alerts in place in areas including West Central Scotland, the Lothians, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and Aberdeenshire.