Stormy weather in Clackmannanshire

Published: 9 Jan 2014 15:000 comments

STORMY weather buffeted the Wee County over the festive period.

Forth tidal surge photos by Brian Smith,
Flooding pictures at March Glen and Dollar Caravan Park, by Jan van der Merwe

Heavy rain caused the River Devon to rise and flooding in parts of the county.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, Alloa’s shoreline was subjected to a tidal surge from the Forth.

Environment agency Sepa had warned that low lying areas around the Firth of Forth could be at risk of major flooding.

The tidal surge occurred at 4pm and lasted about an hour before the waters subsided with no serious damage to the surrounding area.

Keen photographers gathered at the harbour in Alloa to catch a glimpse of the event.

David McEwan and his wife Barbara live in the Mar Bungalow at The Shore.

David told the Advertiser he wasn’t aware of the impending surge until he saw the gathering crowd.

He said, “It was getting so busy [at the harbour] it was like the Maid of the Forth was heading in. We went online and read there was going to be a surge.

“It flooded the driveway and reached the bottom step of the house – it was about four inches deep. It lasted about an hour and dropped back. The police were very helpful and came down to check if we were okay.”

It isn’t the first time the tide his risen to flood-risk levels. According to David there was a much bigger surge seven years ago which flooded their garage.

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