BR facing flood losses in Scotland
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Wednesday 20 January 1993
Services from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness are expected to be disrupted for months after bridges and embankments in Perthshire were almost destroyed.
Yesterday, hundreds of people from the Muirton housing estate in Perth were returning to their homes after being forced out by flooding when the Tay burst its banks. Over the weekend and on Monday the Tay's flow rose from the normal 164 to 2,060 cubic metres a second, the highest recorded since the 1950s.
The rescue centre in Perth, which on Monday had provided shelter for 600 Muirton residents, was looking after 22 people yesterday. The body of an elderly man was discovered on the estate as the flood receded but there were no suspicious circumstances.
Elsewhere, five roads in Perthshire were still closed, damaged by the combination of blizzard conditions and flooding.
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