Heavy rain is causing havoc in Scotland. Dozens of elderly people have been moved from a care home in Aberdeenshire. Roads have been closed, trains cancelled and scores of homes flooded.
“We tried to stop it but it just still came through the door. It was like a river. It was really quite frightening, there was nothing you could do,” said one resident whose home had been inundated. one baker was unable to work: “I came up, there was nothing I could do,” he said. “I couldn’t even get inside the shop. I got here at around five-o-clock this morning and there was a foot and a half of water inside the bakery.” The town of Stonehaven was cut off as the rivers Cowie and Carron burst their banks. Residents filled pillowcases with sand from the beach in an effort to protect their property as the waters rose. An elderly motorist died when his car collided with a lorry with the weather thought by police to be a factor. The centre of Arbroath in Angus was isolated by the rains with all main routes in and out impassable.