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Dumfriesshire farmhouse cut off by flood waters

Farmland flooding
Farmland across the south of Scotland has been submerged during heavy downpours in the past few days. Picture by Gordoun Flint

Record rainfall levels have left large swathes of farmland across the south of Scotland submerged.

Many parts of rural Dumfriesshire have been badly affected.

Gordoun Flint, who lives on a farmhouse at Over-Broomrigg Farm, Holywood, north of Dumfries, has told the BBC of his experiences.

The only way in and out of his property is via quad bike, and efforts to use a pump to drain the nearby fields are proving fruitless.

On Friday morning, after the torrential rains on Thursday night, I came out at about half past six. I went down from the property, over the railway and into a dip in the road to find it full of water.

I got through with the vehicle then and warned my wife to be careful when she came through it.

But on Friday night when we got back home it had filled up considerably - to probably over a metre.

Farmland flooding
Mr Flint said the only way in and out of the house was by quad bike over fields

The only access over that road was by tractor and one of my neighbours took my wife home in a tractor.

I have left my vehicle at one of the neighbouring farms and I borrowed a quad bike so I could get over the fields and up the railway embankment to the property.

Right now the only way in and out of Over-Broomrigg Farm is over the fields on a quad.

Luckily the cupboards are pretty full and when my wife came home she was coming back from the local supermarket.

The store of provisions went on the tractor with her up to the house so at the moment we are quite well stocked up.

We do not expect the water on the road to recede for a number of days, perhaps weeks, because the pump is merely pumping into the river which flows back round to the field where it has burst its banks.

The ground is low and saturated so the water will all have to be pumped into the river, there is little natural drainage once it is in the field.

We have got a vicious cycle at the moment.

Until such times as that water course goes down the pump won't be able to empty the field.

People I have spoken to have lived in the area for 30 years and they have never seen it (like this).

We have got the (River) Nith on one side, the Cluden Water on the other side and this flood across the bottom of the road, so it's effectively a moat around the property.




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