Flood chaos hits Edinburgh with areas submerged in water amid weather warnings


Flooding chaos hit Edinburgh as the capital was battered by heavy downpours.

Parts of the city have been hammered amid a yellow warning for rain from the Met Office, while the city's bypass was brought to a standstill due waterlogged roads.

One video shows a city park completely drowned in water after a burn burst its banks. Footage shows park benches almost fully submerged.

The clip taken at Braidburn Park in the Morningside area of the city shows water levels rising.

Elsewhere in the city the Water of Leith burst its banks, with high levels of the water covering trees near Murrayfield. Locals were warned to be 'cautious'.

The Water of Leith burst its banks earlier
The Water of Leith burst its banks earlier -Credit:Will Venus

Water of Leith Conservation Trust wrote on X: "River levels are looking very high and rising with some risk of flooding on paths, please be cautious when venturing out!"

Council chiefs in the capital earlier moved to close down West Princes Street gardens and Inch Park.

Photos from Inch Park show high levels of water covering the open green space, with one resident joking the park now had a 'pond'.

Traffic ground to a halt on the city bypass earlier on with commuters facing up to two hours in queues.

Park benches have been submerged
Park benches have been submerged -Credit:Alex Fowler/ I love Morningside

The A720 was closed in both directions at Dreghorn with police warning driver to avoid the area.

Traffic cops warned widespread disruption was being caused all the way back to the M8.

Edinburgh Live reported how the major route was closed due to floodwater on the carriageway.

Inch Park was submerged
Inch Park was submerged -Credit:Inch Nursery

Police in Edinburgh said: "There is currently widespread traffic disruption on the A720 Edinburgh Bypass near to Dreghorn due to flooding.

"Delays are causing disruption back to the M8. Drivers are advised to avoid the area at this time."

A SEPA flood warning has been slammed on Musselburgh, and Inchpark and Peffermill, with a Flood Alert in place for Edinburgh.

Earlier Edinburgh Live told how the River Esk had burst it's banks in Musselburgh.

Council chiefs in East Lothian were forced to deploy temporary flood barriers with crews scrambling to deploy 1,000 sandbags in the coastal town.

The road at Dreghorn has been closed in both directions due to flooding
The road at Dreghorn has been closed in both directions due to flooding -Credit:Image: ianmb

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure, East Lothian Council, said: “A multi-agency flood response group - including representation from the council, emergency services, Met Office, Scottish Government and SEPA – was convened earlier today and is continuing to monitor the situation closely into the evening.

“Temporary flood barriers were earlier deployed at New Street/Eskside West (near Loretto Nursey and the Electric bridge), and also at the North High Street/Eskside West and Eskside East/Shorthope Street).

“The deployment of 1,000 sandbags will be taken as a further step on a precautionary basis.

“The flood response group will continue to be active at this time and further updates will be issued as and when required.”

Water of Leith has burst its banks
Water of Leith has burst its banks -Credit:Water of Leith Conservation Trust

The yellow warning is in place until 3am on Friday.

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