Residents in Comrie begin cleaning up after flooding
- 28 August 2012
- From the section Tayside and Central Scotland
Residents in a Perthshire village have begun clearing up after heavy flooding saw fire crews battle overnight to control the water.
The River Ruchill, which is a tributary of the River Earn, burst its bank on Monday night following heavy rain.
One resident described the flooding as "the worst in years".
At the height of the flooding Tayside Fire and Rescue Service said up to 100 homes were threatened by the rising waters.
A spokesman said crews worked for more than nine hours to bring the flooding under control, which climbed to 18in in places.
Perth and Kinross Council has sent engineers to the site and has been speaking to affected residents.
A spokesman said: "We are working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to see if anything can be done to reduce the likelihood of future incidents occurring.
"We understand the impact that flooding can have on communities and do all that we as a council can do to reduce the risk of it.
"Council staff were in Comrie last night to distribute around 300 sandbags to help protect properties and businesses, and were on hand to support the emergency services in their efforts."
The council said its priority now was to investigate how the flooding occurred.