Published: 10/01/2016 17:32 - Updated: 10/01/2016 19:00

VIDEO - Flooding hits towns and villages in Caithness

HOMES, roads and coastal areas felt the impact of heavy rain and strong winds as many parts of Caithness experienced severe flooding.

Extreme weather made its prescence felt across the county on Sunday as rivers burst their banks along with heavy rain causing flooding in towns and villages in the far north.

Halkirk was the worst affected residential area as several fire crews were called out to Church Street to pump water out of the street and from homes.

At least one house on the street was flooded with water entering the house as the drainage system struggled to cope.

Fire crews spent Sunday pumping water out of Church Street, Halkirk. Photo: Will Clark.
Fire crews spent Sunday pumping water out of Church Street, Halkirk. Photo: Will Clark.

In Wick, Harbour Road between Wick Harbour and Bexley Terrace was closed off to the public after a landslide occurred when part of a cliff collapsed on to the road.

Police closed off the road and harbour staff had to ask photographers taking pictures to leave areas which were being hit by giant waves for their own safety.

Harbour Road in Wick was closed off after a section of cliff collapsed. Photo: Will Clark
Harbour Road in Wick was closed off after a section of cliff collapsed. Photo: Will Clark

In Watten, fields were left submerged as the river burst its banks and roads were also under inches of water.

Despite the fields being flooded, homes in the village escaped any damage.

Watten was surrounded by water after the river burst its banks flooding fields. Photo: Will Clark
Watten was surrounded by water after the river burst its banks flooding fields. Photo: Will Clark

Most of Thurso escaped flooding but The Dammies football pitch, home to Thurso FC, was left almost completely waterlogged.

A number of areas surrounding the football pitch were also covered in deep puddles of water.

The Dammies was the only area in Thurso to experience severe flooding. Photo: Will Clark
The Dammies was the only area in Thurso to experience severe flooding. Photo: Will Clark

In Castletown, motorists were forced to slowly negotiate their way through flooding on the B876 in the village as the drainage system failed to cope.

Residents in Harland Road also saw their street flooded as people were forced to wear wellington boots to wade through the water to reach the village and get to their vehicles.

Motorists travelling carefully through floods on the B876 at Castletown. Photo: Will Clark.
Motorists travelling carefully through floods on the B876 at Castletown. Photo: Will Clark.

 

Do you have pictures of flooding in Caithness this weekend? Send your pictures to editor@nosn.co.uk. Please send photographs in colour and at least 1MB in size. Photos may be used in Wednesday's Caithness Courier.

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