Floodwaters beginning to recede in Angus

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A break in the rain has finally allowed floodwater to start receding in Angus, however a number of roads in the county still remain affected by standing water.

As of 3.30pm today (Friday) the following roads in Angus are currently closed or affected by flooding:

Road closures

A935 at Brechin Castle Centre

B9127 at Seggieden – Whigstreet to A90

B957 Horniecross to Tannadice (road collapse at junction with C32 due to open shortly with traffic lights)

B9113 at Rescobie

B966 at Inchbare and Edzell (passable with care)

Craig O’ Loch Road, Forfar

U322(1) Emmock Road (closed Dundee side)

B9134 Aberlemno Road, Carsegownie to Aberlemno (passable with care)

C8 at Baldovan

A926 Littleton of Airlie (temporary traffic lights in use)

C35 Kilgary

C49 Station Road, Colliston to Letham Grange

C34 at Pirniers Corner (passable on high side).

People should slow down and drive according to the conditions. Be particularly cautious of floodwater, as it can be impossible to judge its depth or what it might conceal.

Such hazards can be particularly hard to spot during hours of darkness, so please take every care.

In an update on the current situation, Angus Council said that it will take some time for all parts of the county to return to normal after the deluge.

Roads that have been badly affected are likely to re-open as water levels continue to drop. But it is expected that the B956 Horniecross to Tannadice will remain closed at the C32 junction (due to road collapse).

It is also anticipated that the B9113 at Rescobie and the Craig O’ loch Road at Forfar will remain closed, unless the water levels of the adjacent lochs fall to more normal levels.

Aside from standing water, clearer skies are forecast to bring freezing conditions particularly at night, as well as the possibility of snow at higher levels.

Gritters will be operating on priority routes, but with a number of roads still closed and many more affected by surface water, winter treatment may be less effective than in other circumstances and there is the possibility of ice and black ice.

As water subsides, there may be mud on some routes, in addition to localised road surface damage.

For all these reasons, drivers are again asked to be alert, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions around them.

In the coming days and weeks council staff will be identifying and assessing damage and the repair work required to roads, drainage and infrastructure.

There will be a great deal of work to be done and this will be prioritised.

About 3800 sandbags have been distributed during the extreme weather and for some residents, they will now have served their purpose.

Householders can keep the sandbags for as long as they wish. Once wet, they do not remain effective for a long period of time, but may provide some protection until more permanent solutions are taken.

Members of the public can dispose of sandbags by distributing the sand in their gardens, or at their local recycling centre by emptying them into the rubble skip.

A number of schools remained closed today and some rural bus journeys were also curtailed.

It’s hoped there will be a return to business as usual for all schools on Monday, but please keep an eye on the council’s website for details about schools closures.