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Flood news

By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Flood news

TOWNS and villages across the region have been cut off by floods caused by Storm Frank.

UNDERWATER . . . Hope Johnstone Park and the Sports Barn at Moffat

And emergency crews are working to help people across Dumfries and Galloway.

Residents in Nith Place and Kingholm Quay, Dumfries, as well as Kelton and Glencaple have all been advised to evacuate their homes this afternoon. A rest centre has been set up to help them at the town’s ice bowl.

Meanwhile, water borne rescue teams and Galloway Mountain Rescue are helping in Newton Stewart, as well as the villages of Carsphairn and New Galloway.
Newton Stewart is one of the worst hit communities and evacuation started there last night. Both the power supply and telephone service are today out of order and a rest centre has been set up at Douglas Ewart High School.

Emergency services are also monitoring the situation at the Whitesands and Vennel areas of Dumfries, which flooded earlier this afternoon. The area  has been closed to traffic, which is causing knock on congestion and delays around the town.

Moffat is cut off due to flooding on all the roads in and out of the town. One resident said: “People are abandoning their cars at the Sports Barn and wading into the town.”

Nearby on the M74 at Abington, traffic was caught out in flash flooding earlier today.
SEPA issued 5 coastal flood alerts last night for Loch Ryan, South West Rhins, West Luce Bay, East Luce Bay and Outer Wigtown Bay. They will be monitoring the areas during this afternoon’s high tide.
Dumfries and Galloway Council this morning issued a list of affected roads around the region:
* A713 at Carsphairn has been closed, with diversions in place from Dalmellington and Castle Douglas. A713 at other locations further south impassable.
* The A762 at Waterside north of New Galloway and south of New Galloway at Ringford has closed due to flooding.
* U218a Railway Bridge, Kirkconnel Hall, Ecclefechan – flooding.
* C129n north of Sanquhar – flooding
* A714 north of Newton Stewart – both flooding and fallen trees.
* Riverside Road, Newton Stewart – flooding.
* Mains Meadow, Lockerbie – Scaffold collapse (now open)


SPLASH . . . water on the A711 this morning
SPLASH . . . water on the A711 this morning
SWOLLEN . . . Burnside, Moffat
SWOLLEN . . . Burnside, Moffat
LAKE LIKE . . . The M74 at Abington. Photo by Adrian Sharp
LAKE LIKE . . . The M74 at Abington. Photo by Adrian Sharp


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