Major incident declared in Fife as region hit by severe weather

A major incident has been declared in Fife after the region was hit by severe weather overnight.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were recorded in the region - bringing with them flash flooding.

It has led to the closure of almost 20 schools and nurseries, while homes and streets have been left under water.

Fife’s Local Resilience Partnership has now activated and multi-agency resources are providing assistance to communities.

This includes a major landslide at Pettycur Bay holiday park, where 28 people had to be rescued in the early hours. In total 218 people were also assisted from their caravans overnight. Emergency accommodation was identified and the landslide is being assessed this morning.

Police, fire and council services are working together to deal with flooding issues in Freuchie, Cairneyhill, Cardenden, Kinglassie, Culross and Lochgelly. As a result, a number of road closures are in place and local diversions are in operation.

The main east coast rail line is also closed due to the landslide.

Chair of Fife’s LRP Superintendent Sandy Brodie said: "Public services are working together to deal with this incident and taking guidance from public health to make sure all current guidance is being followed when supporting those affected.

"I want to reassure residents that we are working to get services back up and running as quickly as possible and will continue to monitor the situation. In the interim, I would ask people not to travel unless absolutely necessary."

At Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital, cars were left piled on top of each other after floating in floodwater (see picture above).

This was the scene this morning at Pettycur Bay:

Fife Council has confirmed the following schools are closed.


High School - Central Fife Area
Glenrothes High School

High School - West Fife Area
Lochgelly High School

Nursery - Central Fife Area
Burntisland Nursery
Denend Nursery
Kinghorn Nursery
St Ninians Nursery
Torbain Nursery
Valley Nursery

Nursery - West Fife Area
Benarty Nursery
Torryburn Nursery

Primary - Central Fife Area
Burntisland Primary School
Kinghorn Primary School
Kinglassie Primary School
St Ninian's RC Primary School
Torbain Primary School
Valley Primary School

Primary - West Fife Area
Benarty Primary School
Denend Primary School and Nursery
Torryburn Primary School


Train services, including those on the Fife Circle, are also severely disrupted:

Numerous roads have also been closed - according to Courier reporter Craig Smith:

SEPA has a flood alert in place for Fife, while a yellow weather warning from the Met Office remains in place throughout today.

We will bring you more updates on the weather situation as we get them.

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