Firefighters are battling to save properties after a burst water main caused severe flooding in Bathgate.
They were alerted at 8.23am this morning (Wednesday 24th February) to reports of flooding at a large number of properties at the town’s Meikle Inch Lane.
Crews from Bathgate and Livingston fire stations rushed to the scene within six minutes and quickly ensured residents were safe before dealing directly with the water.
Firefighters began diverting the flood water into a nearby river.
Specialist trained water rescue crews are involved and are using sand bags to protect the properties as well as using a high volume pump to help bring water levels down.
Seventeen properties have been affected and the incident is ongoing.
Group Manager Alan Horberry said: “We are working closely with Scottish Water, West Lothian Council and Police Scotland to ensure the safety of local residents and members of the public as we deal with this incident .”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in West Lothian responded around 8.20am after a ruptured water main resulted in extensive flooding within the street.
“Several households have been affected and local officers continue to work alongside colleagues from West Lothian Council, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Water to evacuate residents and stop the flooding.
“Members of the public are advised to avoid the area during this multi-agency operation.”
Police have closed both Leyland Road and Meikle Inch Lane.