Tayside and Central Scotland

Residents in Comrie begin cleaning up after flooding

Comrie flooding
Image caption The flooding in Comrie was described by one residents as "the worst in years"
Comrie flooding
Image caption Fire crews fought for about nine hours to bring the flood waters under control
Comrie flooding
Image caption The flooding came after a day of constant heavy rain across Central Scotland
Comrie flooding
Image caption Tayside Fire and Rescue said up to 100 homes were threatened at one point, but only a handful were badly affected
Comrie flooding
Image caption This resident's garden looked more like a murky pond after the River Ruchill burst its banks

Residents in a Perthshire village have begun clearing up after heavy flooding saw fire crews battle overnight to control the water.

The River Ruchill, which is a tributary of the River Earn, burst its bank on Monday night following heavy rain.

One resident described the flooding as "the worst in years".

At the height of the flooding Tayside Fire and Rescue Service said up to 100 homes were threatened by the rising waters.

A spokesman said crews worked for more than nine hours to bring the flooding under control, which climbed to 18in in places.

Perth and Kinross Council has sent engineers to the site and has been speaking to affected residents.

'Reduce risk'

A spokesman said: "We are working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to see if anything can be done to reduce the likelihood of future incidents occurring.

"We understand the impact that flooding can have on communities and do all that we as a council can do to reduce the risk of it.

"Council staff were in Comrie last night to distribute around 300 sandbags to help protect properties and businesses, and were on hand to support the emergency services in their efforts."

The council said its priority now was to investigate how the flooding occurred.

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