As a further precautionary action, sandbags are being put in place at appropriate points on the River Esk in Musselburgh this evening as a result of continued heavy rain and rising water levels.

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure, East Lothian Council, said:

“A multi-agency flood response group - including representation from the council, emergency services, Met Office, Scottish Government and SEPA – was convened earlier today and is continuing to monitor the situation closely into the evening.

“Temporary flood barriers were earlier deployed at New Street/Eskside West (near Loretto Nursey and the Electric bridge), and also at the North High Street/Eskside West and Eskside East/Shorthope Street).

“The deployment of 1,000 sandbags will be taken as a further step on a precautionary basis.

“The flood response group will continue to be active at this time and further updates will be issued as and when required.”

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain will remain in place until 3am on Friday.

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Published: Thursday, 23rd May 2024