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Over 7,000 sandbags deployed in East Ayrshire to prevent homes flooding

East Ayrshire Council have had flood teams deployed throughout East Ayrshire since Friday night in response to the yellow weather warnings for heavy rainfall over the weekend.

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The council have worked closely with colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue, teams supported several communities, including Kilmarnock, Cumnock, Auchinleck and the Irvine Valley.


EAC said they declared a 'major incident' in Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon in advance of SEPA declaring a flood warning.


East Ayrshire Council issued the following statement:


"Water levels were high in areas around the Kilmarnock Water and River Irvine and teams have worked tirelessly to protect local properties from rising water levels. Over 7000 sandbags were distributed in efforts to prevent water entering households.


"Pumps were deployed in many areas to reduce water levels."


The council worked closely with Scottish Power Energy Networks to protect the electricity stations, but for a small number of commercial properties around the Queens Drive area, power supplies have been disrupted.


This comes as the Kilmarnock Odeon Cinema evacuated dozen of families who were chilling out watching a movie, due to the River Irvine's Banks Bursting. Scottish Power remain on site to monitor the situation at Queens Drive.


East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership supported vulnerable residents over the weekend and established a reception centre at Rosebank Resource Centre for any residents requiring assistance.


East Ayrshire Council, continued:


"Throughout the event we supported residents and minimised the effect on residential properties.


"We worked with partners to limit the impact on businesses in the Queens Drive area and carried out an early evacuation of shops and premises."


Pumps and personnel will remain in place in the worst affected areas overnight. Water levels have plateaued for now and SEPA will continue to monitor as they return to normal.




East Ayrshire Council have said that the roads affected will remain closed until the water has receded and they can fully inspect the condition of the roads and bridges. Teams will be on the ground facilitating the clean-up operation from early Monday morning.


Support will continue to be given to residents and business owners.


Monday 2AM: East Ayrshire Roads Closure List

  • Loudoun Avenue, PriestlandA71

  • Galston into Kilmarnock

  • Queens Drive A735 from junction of Wellbeck Street to Bellfield interchange

  • New Mill Road B7073 at Kilmarnock Prison



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