Heavy snow, rain and strong winds cause havoc

IT may now officially be British Summer Time, but the weather has other ideas as heavy rain, snow and strong winds caused the closure of roads and schools this week.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:29 pm

Overnight on Tuesday, the severe weather caused a number of accidents as roads began to flood and a fallen tree prompted the closure of the Duns-Greenlaw road.

There was also concern in Eyemouth overnight on Tuesday when the sea came over the harbour wall.

Residents in more rural areas were unable to travel to work on Wednesday due to being flooded or snowed in and pupils at schools in Gordon and Westruther got an unexpected day off.

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The A1 was closed at Haddington, as was the A68 over Soutra and rail commuters also faced a travel nightmare when two landslides at Grantshouse meant that there were no trains running on the East Coast mainline between Berwick and Edinburgh.

And all First Bus Services between Earlston and Berwick on Service 60 were suspended.

Like in early January, the advice to motorists was only to drive if necessary and after a busy start to the year, Scottish Borders Council's Winter Control Desk was back in operation. Anyone seeking assistance should ring (01835) 825076.