(SCOTLAND) JUST IN: Flash floods hit Edinburgh on Sunday night as a clean-up begins across the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: The recently-opened St James Quarter shopping centre was also hit: Fire crews attended a number of incidents, including a bridge in Chesser, where they could be seen helping vehicles stuck in the water.

#AceWeatherDesk says BBC Scotland reports that Edinburgh clean-up under way after flash flooding as trains in and out of the capital were stopped and social media images showed numerous flooded streets, affecting homes, bars and businesses.

Dr Eoin PLant-O’Toole: couple stuck at a bus stop on Edinburgh’s Roseburn Terrace

A couple were also pictured by Dr Eoin Plant-O’Toole stuck at a bus stop on Roseburn Terrace, where what he described as a “river” had formed: Nicola Wilson

Sunday’s stormy weather also caused a problem for shoppers in the brand new St James Quarter, which only opened last month.

Water could be seen dripping down windows and onto the balconies of several floors to ground level.

A spokeswoman for St James Quarter said: “Due to the severe weather in Edinburgh, parts of the St James Quarter Galleria were cordoned off for safety reasons: St James Quarter has been built to fully integrate with the city’s streetscape and is not an enclosed building: Whilst St James Quarter has been designed as a naturally-ventilated environment and allows some rain to come into the galleria, the extent of water ingress in two sections was mainly caused by severe rainfall testing areas within the second phase of opening which are still under construction.”Heavy localised rain led to flash flooding in Edinburgh on Sunday

At 17:46 ScotRail tweeted to confirm that trains between Helensburgh and Edinburgh would instead only run as far as Bathgate for safety reasons.

Buses were arranged to run from Edinburgh to Glasgow while Network Rail workers set up pumps to take the water off railway lines.

Kayak search

Meanwhile, a search was carried out in the River Forth for two people in a kayak after the Coastguard received a 999 call from a passer-by who was concerned about them due to the poor weather conditions.

The Coastguard was called just before 17:15 on Sunday and carried out an extensive search, involving its helicopter from Prestwick, rescue teams from Fisherrow, Kinghorn and South Queensferry and RNLI lifeboats from Kinghorn and South Queensferry.

After nothing was found the search was called off at about 21:00 pending further information.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.05: 2021:

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