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Dumfries and Galloway bridges checked following floods

Devorgilla Bridge
Safety checks are being carried out on bridges across Dumfries and Galloway

Engineers have started checking bridges in southern Scotland as forecasters warn of more severe weather.

The Met Office said the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway could see up to 75mm (3in) of rain on Tuesday.

Dumfries and Galloway suffered major problems on Friday as record downpours prompted rivers to overflow, resulting in numerous road closures.

The situation has improved, but a flood warning is still in place on the River Nith downstream of Auldgirth.

Engineers have started inspections of all major structures over principal rivers in the affected areas.

These included the bridges in Dumfries town centre, Shillahill near Lochmaben and also Langholm.

It follows similar checks across the border in Cumbria where a policeman died when a bridge collapsed.

A number of roads remain affected by flooding, with a weather warning now issued for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The Met Office has put the alert in place from 0600 GMT until midnight on Tuesday.

Roads closed

The wettest November day on record in Dumfries and Galloway provoked widespread problems on Friday.

The Whitesands area of Dumfries was particularly badly affected with many businesses suffering flooding.

Shopkeepers in the area have criticised the council for its efforts to tackle the problem but the authority has defended its response to the floods.

Queen of the South's home match with Dunfermline Athletic was also postponed due to the heavy rains.

Concerns remain about the Whitesands with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issuing a warning of fresh problems in the area.

A number of roads remain affected by flooding, in particular the A709 which was closed just outside Lochmaben, while the B7020 between Lochmaben and Dalton was also shut.



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