Flash flooding on the A77 sparks travel chaos

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HEAVY rainfall has sparked travel chaos on roads in parts of Ayrshire with flash flooding leading to closures.

As the Met Office has a yellow flooding warning in place, routes in and out of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, were impacted.

Videos on social media show the extent of the flooding impacting the A77, as well as the A76 and the B730 at Symington, with flooding affecting the roads both north and southbound.

Drivers were being urged to avoid the routes if possible and to take care if travelling. 

It comes as heavy downpours resulted in half a month’s worth of rain falling in 24 hours across the UK.

Further warnings are also in place for later in the week as thunderstorms bring the risk of further flooding. Forecasters said that parts of the north-west had seen 40mm to 50mm of rain in about 24 hours, with 52.2mm recorded between 11am on Saturday and 11am yesterday at Greenfield near Oldham.

Meteorologist Helen Roberts said that the monthly average rainfall for the north-west in July was 89.5mm.

She added: “This is a lot of rain to fall in the space of 24 hours, especially given the rain has been very consistent and there have been heavy bursts within it.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Floodline had seven alerts in place, with Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Central, Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh and Lothians, Scottish Borders and West Central Scotland all being warned of the risk of flooding.

The alert stated: “Heavy and thundery showers will develop across the south of Scotland this afternoon and evening, the heaviest of these focussed in the south-west. 

“This may lead to localised flooding from surface water and small watercourses, and the potential for larger river systems to respond should the showers occur over these catchments. 

“Built-up areas are at greater risk where possible impacts could include flooding of low-lying land, roads, properties and disruption to travel.”

South Ayrshire Police tweeted: “The A77(S) at Bellfield Interchange (Kilmarnock) is currently closed due to severe flooding.

“Road users are advised to use an alternative route and expect some delays. Please drive with care as heavy rain has made driving conditions dangerous on many roads across Ayrshire.”

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