The flood gates in Murrayfield have been ‘locked in place’ as water levels continue to rise following heavy rain
Anxious local residents have shared concerning photos as water levels continue to rise following heavy rain in Edinburgh.
Photos overlooking the Water of Leith, in Murrayfield, today showed the river has risen above some trees on its embankment, while partly submerging others.
The flood gates on the bridge, which links Roseburn Park and Riversdale Crescent, have also been drawn.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live, a local resident said: “As it stands just now I am concerned but not quite panicking.
“The water levels are very high and the flood gates, opposite the Chinese Embassy, are locked in position.
“Thankfully, the water is still below the level of the bridge just now and there’s a wee bit to go.
“I have seen it higher before but it’s dark and was still raining earlier,” he added.
Recalling when the area was badly flooded in February 2000, he said: “A lot of it [areas that flooded] depended on various dips and hollows in the road.
“A development beside Roseburn Park had its whole car park flooded and a crane was totally submerged.
“The water also got over the wall last time on the other side of Roseburn Park, at Roseburn Crescent, the ground floor flats were completely flooded and had to be emptied.”
He added: “Our neighbours next door to us were flooded.
“The water came up to our back garden, so we were close but just escaped being flooded by the skin of our teeth.”
The second phase of the scheme covered 1.2km between Murrayfield and Roseburn and was completed in 2018, with reinforced walls and two new road bridges put in place.
SEPA has recorded water levels in the Water of Leith since 1992, with the highest level ever recorded 3.11m at Murrayfield in 2000.
According to the agency’s latest update this afternoon, water levels are 1.536m and are now falling.
Source: Edinburgh Live, 5th December 2020