INTREPID Inverclyde locals have made the best of today’s bad weather and found alternative ways to get around the area as torrential rain saw roads closed across the district.

Bemused travellers in Kilmacolm spotted a man using a canoe to traverse a flooded section of road.

Local businesswoman Charlene Wilkinson, who owns Allure Beauty and Nails in Greenock, captured footage of the brave boater.

She told the Tele that she spotted the man while she was on her way to a beauty course and said he appeared to be attempting to clear leaves.

Elsewhere, a pair of youngsters were spotted taking a boat trip along Eldon Street by enjoying a kayak ride along the flooded road.

Footage shared by Inverclyde Road Watch showed the duo rowing through a submerged segment of pavement and road.

Today’s bad weather led to the cancellation of several local events and the closure of roads such as the A78 northbound at IBM, Cumberland Road and Kilmacolm road.

Trains were also impacted, with both the Gourock line and the Wemyss Bay line shut at various points during the day.

Police warned locals not to travel unless absolutely necessary due to the severe weather conditions.

In a message posted on Facebook, a police spokesperson said: "Due to the heavy rain forecast by the Met Office there are significant flooding issues throughout the Inverclyde area.

"There are numerous areas of deep floodwater making roads impassible, Roads departments and Amey Highways are trying their best to clear these roads.

"Members of the public are advised NOT to travel unless absolutely necessary."