Flood warnings at Holyrood confirmed as heavy downpour dampens spirits before next month's grand opening.

The £431m Scottish Parliament at Holyrood has been flooded two weeks before it is due to open.

Torrential rain caused the flooding in the basement of one of the large committee towers. A spokesperson for the contractor Bovis said that the water entered the building via an electrical conduit, which did not yet contain live cables.

The total cost of repairs to the leaking conduit and the removal, cleaning and refitting of the carpet will be around £2000.

Warnings about the possible dangers of flooding were made during the Fraser inquiry, which was set up to look at why the project had run almost £400m overbudget.

Staff are already moving into the building and Scottish MPs are expected to start arriving next week ready to start work on September 7th.