Remote rescue and power cuts as inclement weather causes chaos in Stirling
Heavy showers and thunderstorms this week caused flooding and power cuts, while 11 people had to be rescued from a rural site due to rapid torrents.
Emergency crews rushed to Falloch Falls near Crianlarich on Monday evening following reports of 11 visitors stranded at the scene due to rapidly rising water levels.
A yellow weather warning was issued by the Met Office in the Stirling area on Monday.
Shortly after 5.30 p.m., the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services were asked to attend following reports of a number of people in difficulty.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Operations control mobilized a number of resources at the scene where firefighters assisted 11 people through a gorge to safety.
“No injuries have been reported.
“The crews left the scene after making sure the area was secure.”
The Scottish Ambulance Service was also invited to attend. A spokesperson said: “We received a call at 5:42 pm on Monday August 9 to witness an incident at Falloch Falls. Five of our special operations response teams and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene and no patients were taken to hospital. “
It is understood that groups of visitors frequent a location of the beauty site which is regularly used as a swimming pool. As torrential rains continued to fall, water levels rose rapidly, trapping all 11 people on rocks on the wrong side of the water.
Volunteers from the Killin Mountain Rescue Team have also been recruited to assist the firefighters.
Communities across the region experienced localized flooding and in downtown Stirling properties and businesses were left without power.
There was a rescue effort after a motorist was stranded by flooding under the railway bridge in Causewayhead, Stirling.
On Monday afternoon there was a power outage in the FK8 area of Stirling. Scottish Power Energy Networks said it had no prior warning of the outage and only learned about it at 3:16 p.m. on Monday.
On their website, they said, “Our control center will attempt to reset the network remotely to restore power in stages, and we will also send our next available engineer to the site. Our team will do their best to get you back on track as quickly and safely as possible before 5.30 p.m. Once they arrive, or when we receive an update regarding the cause, we will be able to provide you with more information. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. ‘
Power was restored Monday evening.
On Sunday, Baker Street and Friars Street saw water running through the streets.