Torrential rain and thunderstorms caused widespread disruption for schools across central and eastern Scotland

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Several schools in Fife and Aberdeen have been forced to shut due to flooding problems on the day that pupils were set to return following lockdown.

Glenrothes and Lochgelly High School are among the centres of education affected, after torrential rain and thunderstorms caused widespread disruption across central and eastern Scotland.

Twenty-nine nurseries, primary schools and high schools across the two council areas have been unable to open due to health and safety issues.

‘Not the day we hoped for’

Aberdeen city council said that staff were “currently dealing with the situation.”

A statement by the council read: “A number of schools have been impacted by the weather, which means some will have a delayed start later today, and some will have to close for today.

“School staff are currently dealing with the situation and are contacting parents/guardians via Groupcall.”

Fife council meanwhile warned that other schools and nurseries may be partially closed due to the adverse conditions.

They added: “Not the day we’d hoped for – take care everyone.”

Rail passengers and motorists faced disruption due to the conditions on Wednesday morning with ScotRail tweeting that due to “extremely heavy rain” and flooding on the railway, services across the country would be delayed or cancelled.

In Fife, a landslide caused the closure of the A921 between Kinghorn and Burntisland.

Heavy flooding also affected Kirkcaldy, with cars parked at the town’s Victoria Hospital piled on top of each other after floating.

The Met Office had issued a yellow warning of thunderstorms for the eastern half of Scotland which was in force until midnight on Wednesday.

It warned that some places are likely to see “further severe thunderstorms”, but with “significant uncertainty in location and timing”.

 

 

Source: Motherwell Times

 

 

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