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Flood family rescued after being cut off for two days

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Media captionA mother and her young sons are rescued from their home, near Dumfries, after flood water stranded them for two days

A family of five has been rescued from a cottage near Dumfries after being cut off by flood waters for two days.

The only access road to their home in Holywood was engulfed by several feet of water after Tuesday's downpour.

Firefighters deployed river rescue equipment to move Heidi Gordon, her partner Billy Harvey, and children Shauney, Mitchell and Zander to safety.

Many parts of the region have been badly affected by significant rainfall over the past few days.

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service was called out to help the family at about 10:00 on Thursday.

Officers were able to take them all to safety.

Ms Gordon said they had realised they were cut off on Wednesday morning but had only really started to get concerned when it started to rain heavily again later in the day.

"When the bad weather was coming in and more rain, I thought we were stuck here for a while," she said.

"It was time to get out.

"I am mortified but the kids think it's brilliant, getting in the boat and seeing the fire engines.

"We'll just have to wait until the waters go down before we can get back in."

Joe Hamill, group commander at Dumfries fire station, said his crews had performed "very well".

"The weren't in any danger it was a matter of convenience," he said.

"The family were stuck on the other side and the children have got to go to school and they have got to get to the shops and things.

"They expressed an interest to relocate with other members of their family in Dumfries and we have just facilitated that."

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