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Storm Gertrude brings more rain to region

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By Rod Edgar
Storm Gertrude brings more rain to region

STORM Gertrude has passed through the region — with strong winds and heavy rain lashing communities.

However, at 10 am today Dumfries and Galloway Council stood down their Emergency Centre, citing improving weather conditions.
While storms Desmond and Frank brought flooding to the region, an update from the local authority said: “Generally river levels peaked during the early hours of this morning and have since dropped.
“No rivers are approaching levels which would cause concern in terms of flooding.”
But motorists had been advised to drive appropriately to the weather conditions and allow extra time for journeys during poor weather.
The A7 was closed at Skippers Bridge for a period to allow fallen trees to be cleared and banking checked. It is now re-open.
And council staff were deployed to Newton Stewart, Carsphairn and Langholm to provide reassurance to those communities which have been particularly impacted by flooding.
A statement from the council said: “Weather conditions will continue to be monitored and communities will be supported as necessary.
“Sandbags which were pre-deployed yesterday will remain in place until early next week as a precaution.”
Anyone who has concerns relating to the weather can report these to the council’s contact centre on 030 33 33 3000.

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