FLOODING IN LEBANON & UNITED KINGDOM

LEBANON 

  Several roads were flooded Friday, causing traffic jams in some parts of Lebanon after two days of heavy rain. There was some respite Friday but that ended when torrential downpours swept parts of the country again. The torrential downpours have forced the shutdown of Sidon and Tyre ports in southern Lebanon for the second day straight. Friday’s storm was not as severe as the previous day’s heavy rain, causing damage to only a few agricultural greenhouses along the southern coast. Overnight rainwater caused landslides that led to the brief closure of the Rmeileh highway linking Beirut to Sidon. Part of the road, which was closed up until 2 a.m., was later reopened to traffic after workers from the municipality and the Social Affairs Ministry spent nearly four hours removing the sand that had blocked it. In Tripoli, north Lebanon, there was heavy traffic Friday on the Minyeh-Abdeh road due to flooding.

    Civil Defense volunteers also rescued motorists stranded in their vehicles in several parts of the country. Many roads in the mountain areas in north and east Lebanon were blocked by snow. Some media outlets reported 50 centimeters of snow in some parts, with at least one village in Baalbek, east Lebanon, blocked by snow. Some media agencies reported over 50 centimeters of snow in some parts. Snowfall also blocked Maaraboun road east of Baalbek and isolated Tfeil, a nearby border village. In Rashaya, southeast Lebanon, rainwater reached a few houses. No substantial damage was reported. Strong winds Thursday knocked down power lines in several villages in the south, but the National News Agency reported that maintenance teams from Electricite du Liban in Tyre were repairing the damage. The Meteorology Department at the Rafik Hariri International Airport said they expected the storm to begin to subside later Saturday. They said the weather would turn cloudy Sunday, with slightly higher temperatures.

UNITED KINGDOM

   Residents have been evacuated from their homes and sand bags distributed after torrential rain hit the country. Downpours affected much of Scotland on Thursday and rain continued to fall on Friday causing flooding at homes in Fife and Tayside. On Friday at around 5.30am Fife Fire and Rescue Service were called to the A911 Fife Boundary to Kinross Road in Leslie. There was severe flooding throughout a property there and firefighters were helping to pump water away. The fire service was also called to Beechwood House on Vantage Road in Dairsie at around 9am on Friday. Crews were involved in pumping water away from the property. At Glebe Park, the home of Brechin City, there was heavy flooding on the pitch and Saturday’s Second Division game with Ayr United has had to be postponed. Tayside Fire and Rescue Service were also called out to flooding incidents in the North Balmossie area of Broughty Ferry, homes on Alyth Road in Perthshire and at the Public Waste Water Treatment Works, Glenlomond, Scotlandwell in Perthshire.

    Council workers at Fife, Tayside and Perth and Kinross have handed out sandbags to residents who are worried about their homes flooding. Portmoak Primary in Perth and Kinross has been closed. The school itself was unaffected, but access roads were flooded. Roads across the region were also affected by surface water and many were closed. The A92 road that runs between Dunfermline in Fife and Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was closed in several locations. Among other major routes affected are the A9, which has been hit with flooding southbound at Balhadie and Blackford in Perthshire, while the A85 has been closed between St Fillan and Lochearnhead in Perthshire. The A90 Dundee to Fraserburgh road was forced to shut at the Glamis turn off in Forfar because of a build up of rainwater on the route, while it is also affected motorists south of Fraserburgh. On Friday morning, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had 24 flood warnings and 13 flood alerts in place across the country. The Scottish Government agency said that Perthshire, Angus, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeenshire and parts of Stirlingshire were particularly prone to floods during the downpour. Forecasters for the Met Office put an amber warning for severe weather in place in Angus and Perthshire on Friday, as flooding hit the region.

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