Newton Stewart response ‘heroic’ says first minister

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Visiting Newton Stewart today in the aftermath of Storm Frank, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the response to the devastation had been ‘heroic’.

The first minister visited the south of Scotland hit by floods on Wednesday.

Before viewing the damage caused in Newton Stewart Ms Sturgeonafter tweeted, ‘thank those working 24/7 to respond’.

Across Scotland hundreds of people spent the night in temporary accommodation after the storm caused major flooding and transport disruption.

In Newton Stewart Ms Sturgeon said the impact of the flooding was ‘devastating’.

She said: “The response has been heroic.

“Emergency services, volunteers, members of the public, the council, working together. There’s a sense here of real community spirit.

“But there’s a long recovery road ahead for some of the people I’ve been speaking to.

“One of the reasons I’m here is so that I can see it for myself, so we can make sure we are doing everything we reasonably can to help people with that recovery.”