Tayside and Central Scotland

Flooding call-outs after storms hit parts of Scotland

Flood in Carronshore/Pic: Kylie McGuffog
Image caption Areas around Falkirk, Grangemouth and Larbert were badly affected

Fire crews have been dealing with a large number of flooding calls in central Scotland after gales battered parts of the country.

There have been call-outs in Falkirk, Grangemouth and Larbert overnight into Saturday and there were areas of flooding around the River Carron.

There were delays of several hours on some train services on Friday evening because of flooding around Larbert.

Dunfermline, Ballingry and Rosyth and Fife were also affected by heavy rains.

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service said it had experienced an extremely busy night, with about 30 flood-related calls.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "People were asking for our assistance to deal with properties which have been flooded and to assist with the operation to put sandbags down and try and divert flood waters from properties.

"It was extremely busy, probably one of the busiest nights for a long time in the service, certainly when we came on and started our shift at 6pm."

Roads were also closed in low lying areas in Airth.

A spokeswoman for Fife Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were pumping out water from the basements of a few properties, but it was mainly roads although there were a few houses involved as well."

Firefighters in the Strathclyde dealt with several flooding-related calls in Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Cumbernauld and Newton Mearns.

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