Edinburgh flooding causes chaos with huge storms leading to ‘rivers’ in city

Flooding in Edinburgh caused chaos and trains in and out of the city to be halted during devastating stormy Sunday weather.

Images on social media showed multiple streets of the Scottish capital awash with rain which also crept into homes, bars, businesses – and appeared to seep into a brand new shopping centre.

Emergency services attended some incidents including under one bridge in Chesser, where the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service could be seen helping vehicles which were stuck in the flooding.

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.

SEPA has issued a warning that heavy showers could cause potentially dangerous floods, saying: “A Flood Alert has been issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“Heavy showers on Saturday afternoon and Sunday could cause flooding impacts from surface water.”

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

One Twitter user, Jamie Cunningham, pointed out “a couple of design flaws when it comes to rain”.

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

The Stockton area of Edinburgh was described as actually ‘underwater’ after dramatic footage was released showing cars submerged.

A Stockbridge resident said : “The Stockbridge resident said: “My timeline is full of Edinburgh residents saying they’ve never seen flooding like this in Stockbridge.”

Another video shows water gushing into the cellar-level flats, with people desperately trying to save their homes.

Even a pub, the Stockbridge Tap, closed due to the flooding.

In a statement they said: “Sadly folks we’ve had to close for the evening due to some pretty heavy flooding in the cellar. Reopen on Tuesday as normal.

“Don’t worry, the beer is safe and sound, just don’t fancy getting the electrics all wet!”

At around 5.46pm, ScotRail tweeted to confirm trains between Helensburgh and Edinburgh would instead run between the coastal town “and Bathgate only” for safety reasons.

Buses were arranged to run from Edinburgh to Glasgow while Network Rail workers “set up pumps which are running and helping water levels to recede”.

The rail firm said the track had been cleared shortly after 8pm.