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Storm alert after brief respite

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Storm alert after brief respite

THERE was a warning of further wet weather and gales as Dumfries and Galloway enjoyed a brief respite from adverse conditions with a brighter cooler Sunday.

BRIGHTER DAY . . . a rare appearance of cooler dry weather produced this sunset at Powfoot, near Annan, on Sunday afternoon


It came as rainfall reached double the December average after weeks of frequent downpours and extensive flooding.

But the improvement looks set to be short lived.

Weather forecasters predict gale force winds from later on Tuesday afternoon and for most of Wednesday.

Wednesday is also expected to feature extended periods of heavy rain falling on already soaked ground, prompting the Met Office to issue an amber ‘be prepared’ warning for much of southern Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway.

Conditions, however,  should improve on Thursday, New Year’s Eve.

All of last week’s flood warnings and alerts for the region have now been lifted although the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues to monitor the situation.

Dumfries and Galloway Council stated the region’s roads were ‘passable with care’ although highlighted one particular flooding hotspot where, on Sunday night, water still covered the B725 Annan to Dumfries Low Road, near Cummertrees School.


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