Nicola catches up with December flood victims

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Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, fulfilled her pledge to return to Newton Stewart today, following an earlier visit in the aftermath of flooding at Hogmanay, but she found many who were afffected frustrated at the lack of action since.

The country’s leader took the opportunity to announce a £42 million a year plan over the next decade for the whole of Scotland, with £1.7 million of the COSLA funding coming to Dumfries and Galloway. She also announced that work to repair the riverside wall that collapsed during the crisis is due to start next month.

Here is a slideshow photographer Eric Sloan’s pictures from this morning.