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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Bridges update

'ALL options' will be explored after two Annan bridges were washed away in last week's floods.

Officials from Dumfries and Galloway Council have now held a meeting with the Annandale South councillors to discuss the events which led to disappearance of the Cuthbertson and Jubilee Bridges “as a result of the significant volume of flood water overtopping the bridge decks.”

In a statement this week, a council spokesman said: “The Council Structures Management System, which holds a register of our bridges and their details, contains over 1200 bridges and the importance of these both in recreational and economic terms is greatly acknowledged.

“Our council’s work around this time continues to focus on the safety of people. Thorough inspections of all the bridges at flood locations across the region is being carried out by our engineers and will continue, as weather and safety precautions allows.

“The council welcomes the enthusiasm of the Annan community and will work with them to assist in exploring all options to address their local issue to reach a satisfactory conclusion.”

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