Homes evacuated and power cuts as Storm Frank hits UK
December 30, 2015 5:10 pm
Storm Frank has battered parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving more severe floods in its wake.
Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather with hundreds of homes evacuated in the Borders towns of Dumfries, Hawick and Peebles.
Thousands of homes are without power and severe flood warnings remain in place in Croston, Lancashire.
Forecasters said the worst of the rain had passed but more flooding was likely as water moved down from higher ground.
In Dumfries and Galloway, the River Nith has burst its banks causing flooding in the town of Dumfries. A severe flood warning, indicating danger to life, has been issued for the Whitesands area. The villages of Moffat and Carsphairn have been cut off and fire crews have been rescuing people from properties by boat.
The River Tweed in Peebles also has a severe flood warning in place and more than 300 homes have been evacuated in Hawick.
Emergency services are responding to reports of a missing kayaker on the River Findhorn in Moray, while in south Ayrshire 12 passengers had to be airlifted from a bus stuck in flood water near to Dailly Cemetery.
In Northern Ireland, thousands of homes have experienced power cuts, air passengers have been delayed and fallen trees have caused problems on the roads.