Long road ahead for Fife’s drivers

The B942 road near Colinsburgh suffered severe damage during the October 12 flooding (Picture by David Hobday)
The B942 road near Colinsburgh suffered severe damage during the October 12 flooding (Picture by David Hobday)
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ROAD users in both Levenmouth and the East Neuk faced more problems last week, with those around Colinsburgh likely to continue to do so, as a result of flooding from earlier this month.

In Levenmouth the junction of Daisy Grove and Main Street in Methilhill was closed for a week, until it re-opened on Friday.

It was deemed impassable due to a blocked drain not allowing surface water to run off.

In the East Neuk temporary traffic lights have had to be installed in order to re-open a section of the B942 Balchrystie to Colinsburgh road, also on Friday.

Damage to it has proved the most severe with part of the road effectively being washed away by a torrent of water on October 12.

The road was completely closed for a week to allow the council’s transportation team access to carry out a structural assessment and investigate how it would go about repairs.

A spokesman for the council confirmed the damage will require more longer term work.

He said: “We need to build a new culvert along the road and are working on the designs at the moment to try and minimise the disruption the works will have on the village.

“Traffic lights will be in place until work on the culvert begins.”

It’s not yet known when a decision on design will be made, how much it is likely to cost or whether the road will have to be fully closed for the lasting repair work to be undertaken.

The council’s preference is to find a way of doing work which doesn’t require a complete road closure but admits this may prove difficult.

What is sure though is that those using the road should expect some delays for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile Fife Council has revealed it has used nearly 3000 sandbags since September 26 in a bid to cope with the rain and added 25-30 houses had been flooded at different locations across the Kingdom.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesperson for transport and the environment, said: “We maintain and inspect Fife’s waterways all year round, and when heavy rain is forecast we carry out pre-flood checks and make sure there are plenty of sandbags available.

“Unfortunately, sometimes rain falls so quickly that even when drains and waterways are clear the sheer volume of water causes localised flooding.”