It’s the nightmare scenario Newton Stewart always dreaded. The River Cree burst its banks this morning after Storm Frank’s torrential rain battered the town.
Homes and businesses in Victoria Street, Arthur Street and King Street are now underwater.
The Galloway Gazette office on Victoria Street was among the businesses flooded, staff evacuating after sandbags were unable to the water from pouring in.
The Cree came over the wall onto Riverside road about 9.30am and within an hour the water was surging down the main street. Shop and office workers had to wade though 18 inches of fast flowing water to reach dry ground.
Emergency services have been working hard to get people to safety as the water continues to rise.
The crisis is not over with high tide not expected until early afternoon.
Storm Frank has wreaked havoc all over the country with more than 20 warnings have been issued for Tayside, Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeenshire and Central areas have also been warned of flooding.
Last night Dumfries and Galloway Council has cautioned of the risk of flooding to land and property from rivers in the area, which is expected to result in widespread disruption to travel and infrastructure. Some residents were evacuated last night from low-lying properties in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, in a pre-emptive operation ahead of expected flooding from the River Cree.
The council has also cautioned that flooding at the Whitesands area of Dumfries is predicted to exceed levels of flooding seen in the area in 2009, 2013 and 1982.