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News | 12th December 2019
 

Town’s flood alert: Environment watchdog issues warning over river

 
 
 

A FLOOD warning was issued for Langholm on Tuesday.
After continuing heavy rain and saturated catchments, flooding was thought possible during the afternoon and into the evening from both the River Esk and
Wauchope Water.
The main areas at potential risk were the area around Langholm parish church in Buccleuch Park and from Langholm Bridge downstream to the waste water treatment works, including Waterside and George Street.
Two flood warnings were issued for Dumfries and Galloway by the Scottish Environment
Protection Agency on Tuesday.
A spokeperson said: “We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates if
required.
“Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.
“Advice and information is available on Floodline on 0345 9881188.
“If you haven’t already signed up to receive free flood messages, call Floodline or register at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup
Earlier in the day Dumfries and Galloway Police said the region was experiencing difficult driving conditions because of the heavy rain and strong winds.
A spokesman said: “Please slow down, expect standing water on the roads and increase the gap from the vehicle in front. Put lights on and drive safely.”
One motorist reported that the A7 north of the town was very hazardous because of standing water being blown about and tree branches lying on the road.
There was flooding about two miles south of Mosspaul because of run-off from the burn.
Stan Wilson of Meikleholmside took a photo of a tree which came down at Holmwood last
Saturday.
He said it was so close to his house that if it had fallen the other way, it would have hit his house.

 
 
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