Carnoustie hit by autumn deluge

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PARTS OF Angus resembled a ‘Waterworld’ theme park on Friday after torrential rain overnight on Thursday and during the day on Friday caused major flooding.

And police urged members of the public to be aware of what they described as ‘challenging’ weather conditions.

A number of roads across the region, in rural areas in particular, were badly affected by surface and standing water.

In Angus, there were at least three reports of cars getting into difficulty as a result of drivers attempting to plough through deep water, causing engines to fail.

The main A92 Dundee to Arbroath road was closed in the Ethiebeaton area due to flooding and drivers were encouraged to use an alternative route.

On Sunday, there was still surface water on the Upper Victoria underpass, but it was not bad enough to affect traffic.

Emergency services and their partner agencies worked closely together as they monitored the situation and responded to issues in the area.

The conditions improved as the day went on but in the worst of the conditions police advised people to make use of traffic information websites.

Carnoustie golf courses were particularly badly hit when the Barry Burn burst its banks. The Championship Course, the Burnside and the Buddon were all closed on Friday.

Sandy Reid, links superintendent, told the Guide & Gazette: “The rainfall itself was not the major problem, as most of that occurred further inland. We were badly affected when the Barry Burn burst its banks.

“All three courses were closed on Friday but we were able to open 15 holes of the Championship Course on Saturday and the full course on Sunday. The Buddon also reopened on Saturday but the Burnside was worst affected and was closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.”

On Monday, a lot of work clearing away silt remained to be done on the Burnside.