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Last Updated: Friday September 04 2009 13:01 GMT

Flooding chaos for Scottish homes

A car in trouble in flood water in Scotland

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Hundreds of homes in north-east Scotland have been evacuated after heavy rain caused widespread flooding.

Several roads in Fife, Perth and Kinross have been closed and trains are facing widespread disruption.

Some people in Moray, where part of a bridge and several trees were washed away by the floodwaters, said they left their homes in up to two feet of water.

The local council has declared a major incident. Police are advising people not to travel unless it's unavoidable.

Flooding on the roads of Aberdeenshire. Pic: Laura Rowley
Flooding on the roads of Aberdeenshire. Pic by Laura Rowley

Emergency services in Moray spent the night monitoring water levels before evacuating 50 homes in Fochabers at about 2am after several suffered flooding.

In Elgin, up to 400 homes are said to be at risk of flooding as water levels in the River Lossie rise.

A rest centre has been opened at Elgin High School ready to accommodate up to 200 families.