In the first of a regular feature, On This Day discovers what was making the news in the Tele on this corresponding date in a bygone year.
Instances of flooding or, as they are called these days, “flooding events”, tend to be caused primarily by Acts of God that wreak havoc from above.
A year ago, Britain was battered by Storm Desmond and many are now recalling quite horrendous floods that occurred.
But sometimes water comes from below – not above – with devastating consequences of its own.
One example was 40 years ago today, on December 6 1976, when residents in part of Linlathen, Dundee, awoke to find a miniature loch on their doorsteps.
The Tele reported that water was several feet deep in a dip of Fountainbleau Drive. An Avenger car and Dormobile van were partially submerged as gallons of water accumulated just west of the junction with Rowantree Crescent.
Firemen were on the scene about 5am to start pumping the water into the adjacent Dighty valley, as the emergency services were called to shut off the burst main at the corner of Pitkerro Drive.
Fountainbleau Drive was sealed off at both ends. It was predicted that it would remain closed for some days while repair work was carried out.
Robert Fraser, of 56 Fountainbleau Drive, owned the car and van which were trapped in the flood. Since he and his wife Sally moved into their home four years earlier, they reported having two other cars damaged.
“I had to put new carpets into a Hillman Imp,” 38-year-old Robert told the Tele, “and I also had an 1100 damaged.
“I had to sell both cars because of the smell, which I just couldn’t get rid of. I’m hoping it’s not going to be the same this time.
“The water was right up to the seats inside the car.
”Every time there’s heavy rain, I have to go out and clean muck off the drain cover outside the house.”
Mr Fraser added it was fortunate the water did not spread into the gardens of the houses in the street.
Let it snow
Ironically, that day’s Tele did indeed report on extreme weather, with an 11-year-old Aberdour boy badly injured in a sledging accident.
The condition of Nigel Williams, of Bellhouse Road, was said to be “satisfactory” in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
He was sledging at Aberdour Golf Course with Amanda Palmer (11), of Inch Avenue, and the pair crashed into a stone wall at the 11th fairway.
Amanda was allowed home from Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital after treatment for bruising to her leg. But Nigel had broken his jaw and sustained injuries to his shin and head
Perth Perth experienced a fairly heavy snowfall that morning, with the AA reporting that most roads were reasonable, except the Drumochter Pass on the A9, where visibility there was poor at times due to drifting snow and high winds.
Perth police said a large number of reports had been made by householders about burst pipes.
The weather caused havoc south of the border with snow blocking roads in Yorkshire and heavy rain and winds making driving conditions hazardous.
In Lincolnshire drivers were warned to beware of fallen tree, while two men were rescued by a helicopter after their motor yacht capsized in the English Channel off Sussex.