2005 News Article


SEVERE flooding has wreaked havoc on homes, businesses and roads as swollen rivers swamped the Stirling area.

Residents, including those in Riverside, Causewayhead and Callander could only watch as the highest river levels in many years devastated their homes.

Transport links were also badly affected, with around 20 road closures from Lochearnhead to Tillicoultry and rail services from Stirling decimated.

Callander and Riverside bore the brunt of the damaged caused by the torrents, with the Teith spilling over the Meadows and on to Main Street where it reached its highest level in 50 years.

The Allan Water also breached its banks onto parkland and Cornton Road and the level crossing in Bridge of Allan was knee-deep in water, as was hundreds of metres of farmland between Dunblane and Kinbuck. Flood watches were also in force on the River Earn on Monday.

Stirling Council workers and Central Scotland Police were kept busy, distributing thousands of sandbags to the worst-affected areas and being forced to close roads with water reaching chest height in some parts.

The council was also forced to close three rural primary schools, and deployed two pumps at Riverside to bale out homes. Stirling firefighters also had to rescue a driver from a car in Cornton.

Several stretches of road between Callander, Lochearnhead and Doune were also closed over the weekend. On returning to work on Monday, commuters found the A9 between Bannockburn and Plean closed, while motorways were severely affected by surface water.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said the worst of the weather had now passed, but forecasters have warned of snow and rain later this week which could see the floods return.

SEPA also reported that 25 properties in the Callander area were affected or threatened by flood waters on Monday.

Weather experts measured rainfall in Strathallan at 62mm (2.5 inches) more than a third of total amount expected in Stirlingshire for the entire month of January.

That compares with the deluge which caused the Lochearnhead landslides in August last year, when 130mm of rain fell in a five-day period.

Commenting on the amount of rainfall to affect the region since Friday, a spokesman for the Met Office said: When you compare the average rainfall for January for Stirlingshire, what we have had in the last 72 hours is remarkable.