Worst floods for 50 years in Newton Stewart

The Town Clock carpark
The Town Clock carpark

Newton Stewart has suffered the worst flooding for 50 years as homes and businesseses in the town are devastated.

As the River Cree burst its banks many of the adjacent streets were under several feet of water resulting in many of the shops and offices including the Galloway Gazette, being flooded.

The A77, A714, A713, A76 and A701 all have road closures. Travel is severely disrupted across region due to Storm Frank.

The A713 – Ken Bridge New Galloway is closed due to flooding and the A713 at Liggat Bridge has been closed in both directions due to flooding.

the A714 – Clachaneasy Newton Stewart is due to be closed due to flooding.

the A745 – Dalbeattie to Castle Douglas road is now being affected by flooding. A tree is also blocking part of the carriageway. The Roadway is passable with care at this time.

The A75 at Palnure is reported to have small river running across same at Palnure. Police en-route.

The A76 between New Cumnock – Sanquhar is closed due to flooding.

The A77 at Cairnryan is now closed due to flooding.

Dumfries and Galloway Police say water levels in Dumfries continue to rise. Red warnings remain in place for the rivers Nith and Cree.

Some landline telephones in the Newton Stewart area have now stopped working. Some mobile coverage is also disrupted.

Dumfries and Galloway Council say BT have told them that the telephone exchange may fail in Newton Stewart. If you are in the area, please make sure your mobile phone is charged. Do not panic if you are unable to contact relatives via landlines in the Newton Stewart area.

Pre-emptive evacuation of properties which may be affected by the flooding in Newton Stewart commenced last night.

A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “If you have friends or family that may be affected by the floods in Newton Stewart, please check that they are okay. If you are aware of any vulnerable or elderly people in the area, please check that they are okay during this time.”

The Catstrand, the contemporary performance and meeting space in the heart of the Glenkens community, was flooded for the second time in two years.

A statement on facebook read: “The dreadful weather of last night has resulted in flooding at the CatStrand, most sadly. It is nowhere as bad as last year, but it is requiring a concerted clean-up effort.

“Many, many thanks to all the staff, volunteers and fire service, some of whom have been here since 5am, for their hard work minimising the effects and clearing up afterwards.

“At present, we expect to be open on the 5th January as planned but in the mean time, any loans of dehumidifiers would be much appreciated!”