Police inspector Stuart McColm has emphasised that there were no injuries and that “no-one was in any danger” during yesterday’s floods.
But he explained that the problems yesterday were complex due to the unprecedented water level and loss of all phone and internet communication.
He said: “It was a fluid situation. In a coordinated multi-agency response we were dealing with the highest ever river level in Newton Stewart.
“Because the phone lines went down it was difficult to keep the public informed, so we had to rely on face-to-face communication.”
The rescue centre at the Douglas-Ewart High School, opened after homes and businesses were evacuated, accommodated 31 residents at its peak yesterday.