FLOODING: Electricity cut and phones down in Newton Stewart

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Electricity supplies to 200 customers in Newton Stewart have been turned off at the request of the fire service and landline telephones have stopped working after the town centre flooded today.

There are growing concerns that the whole Dumfries and Galloway region is now facing its worst flooding in years.

Locals say it is the worst flood in Newton Stewart for 50 years.

The River Cree burst its banks this morning, with the water affecting a number of waterfront properties in Newton Stewart where some residents have been evacuated.

A rest centre has been set up in Douglas Ewart High School. The local police station has also been shut because of the risk of flooding with a temporary base set up at the local ambulance depot.

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

Dumfries and Galloway Council say BT have told them that the telephone exchange may fail in Newton Stewart.