The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 17 October 2011

Council responds to South Ayrshire flooding

South Ayrshire Council is currently working to support residents and businesses in the area whose homes and business premises are at risk of flooding following today’s heavy rainfall.


The significant heavy rainfall which has persisted throughout the day has caused a number of problems in relation to flooding, particularly in Ayr, Coylton, Culroy, Dundonald, Dunure, Kirkmichael, Mossblown, Prestwick, Tarbolton and Troon.

More than 60 requests were received by 4pm today to attend to road flooding-related issues and resources have been deployed to assist in all of these areas.

Troon has experienced particular problems in the Portland Street/Jubilee Road area of town, which is the result of Scottish Water sewer infrastructure capacity issues in Troon town centre.

Scottish Water’s system cannot cope in heavy rainfall situations and the company is fully aware that this longstanding problem is a matter for them to resolve. However, Council staff have been in attendance this afternoon to assist local residents and businesses in an effort to prevent water ingress to all premises.

Staff are currently distributing sandbags to properties in the Portland Street/Jubilee Road area that are at risk of flooding or to those who have unfortunately been affected by water ingress. More than 160 sand bags have been distributed in the Troon area alone to respond to the ongoing difficulties and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service have also been called out to attend to flooding problems in the area.

Council employees will continue to respond to road surface water emergency situations as they arise throughout the night, with crews on standby and ready to be called out as needed.

Mike Newall, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Planning and Enterprise, said: “We are doing all we can to help our local communities who are affected by this flooding and our staff are out there in horrendous conditions in an effort to make a positive difference. We’ll continue to do what we can as this evening progresses and requests for assistance should be directed to 01292 612302.”

A further period of heavy rain is forecast to fall between the hours of 3am and 6am on Tuesday 18 October 2011, with sleet also forecast across the very highest roads this evening before the persistent rain clears.

9PM UPDATE:

The A713 at Ailsa Hospital has reopened to traffic.

Jubilee Road in Troon remains closed at the junction with Portland Street, with access to Jubilee Road from Port Ranald Drive only.

Wilson Street in Ayr is closed between Walker Road and Lochside Road - Council employees currently in attendance clearing floodwater from the road.


9.45PM UPDATE: The A713 is currently closed at Ailsa Hospital to allow flooding to be cleared from the road. A diversion route has been put in place for traffic travelling towards Ayr Hospital/Ailsa Hospital. From Ayr and from south of Ayr, it will be from the A77 via the C39 Corton Road to A713 at Mosshill then towards the hospitals and vice versa. Traffic travelling on the A713 to and from the hospitals from the Hollybush, Patna or Dalmellington direction will be unaffected by the road closure. The road is expected to be closed around two hours.

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