Scotland

Flood alerts amid forecast for further rain

Forfar West High Street Image copyright PC Scott Anderson
Image caption Forfar's West High Street flooded after persistent rain

There are warnings heavy rain across central and south-western Scotland could cause flooding and travel problems.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 10 flood alerts running through until 18:00 on Sunday.

A more serious flood warning for Arbroath is no longer in force.

Train services are getting back to normal after heavy rain caused the temporary closure of the West Coast mainline between England and Scotland.

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Image caption Flooded roads were closed in Earlston in the Borders

Services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central or Edinburgh have since resumed but passengers were warned their train might be delayed or cancelled.

Problems remain between Glasgow and Oban, where the track was badly damaged during a week of heavy downpours.

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Image caption There are yellow warnings for heavy rain across central and southern parts of Scotland

It comes amid fresh Met Office warnings of rain and thunderstorms across the UK.

Meteorologist Helen Roberts said: "It does look like remaining unsettled and changeable right through most of the next seven days."

In Forfar, parts of the town's West High Street are under water and inaccessible to drivers and pedestrians.

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Image caption Householders were advised to guard their homes with sandbags in Castle Douglas

Flood alerts remain in place for Dumfries and Galloway, and in the Scottish Borders where flash floods forced road closures in Earlston.

On Saturday, a landslide resulted in the closure of the A7 south of Langholm. The road has since reopened

Residents in Castle Douglas were forced to use sandbags to keep flood water out of their homes.

Up to three inches of rain fell in some parts of the region during 12 hours of downpours.

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Image caption Network Rail said services were getting back to normal after lines were flooded on Saturday

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