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Rail services resume after floods

Flooding in Dundee/Pic: Colin McQuillen
A deluge of heavy rain brought floods to parts of Dundee/Pic: Colin McQuillen

The line between Dundee and Aberdeen has reopened after Network Rail successfully completed works to clear a landslip and flooding.

Network Rail engineers pumped flood waters of up to 5ft in depth from the track at Inverkeilor, near Montrose.

Debris was also taken from the line at Carmont, near Stonehaven.

Services had been suspended on Thursday night, but resumed later on Friday with a full timetable running again from 1800 BST.

A landslip near Stonehaven and flooding in Angus had been blamed for the disruption.

The landslip was later cleared but fire fighters were called in to pump water from the rail line at Inverkeilor.

A clear-up was also under way in Dundee after heavy rain caused damage to about 100 properties in the city centre.

Tayside Fire and Rescue incident commander, Stewart Edgar, said the rains in Dundee brought the worst flooding he had seen in the city for many years.

He added: "There was a deluge of rain and that, incorporated with the high tide, produced severe flooding.

My stock's ruined - it's just been an absolute nightmare
Karen Smith
Hairdresser

"There was about two to three feet of water affecting many residential and commercial properties."

The town centre was closed off during the rush hour on Thursday evening as water flooded into shops in the city's commercial hub.

The worst affected streets were Trades Lane, Dock Street, and Candle Lane, with eight fire engines and up to 50 firefighters dealing with flood damage around the city centre.

The water began receding in the late evening but shopkeepers said the downpour had caused thousands of pounds of damage to their businesses.

Hairdresser Karen Smith said the water started to flood over the toilets like a river in her salon on Commercial Street.

"My stock's ruined - it's just been an absolute nightmare," she said.


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