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Last Updated: Saturday September 05 2009 11:54 GMT

Flood clear-up operation begins

Cars left stranded after flood

A massive clean-up operation has begun in the north-east of Scotland, after very heavy rain caused flooding across parts of the country on Friday.

In Moray, around 450 families were evacuated from their homes, after the wettest September day there in decades.

Experts reckon the weather will improve over the next few days and the worst of the rain has passed.

But the clean-up is expected to take some time and it's not clear when people will be allowed to return home.

Many of those who had to leave their homes spent Friday night in community centres, schools and with friends and relatives.

Torrential rain

Men place sand bags against gates

On Friday around a month's rainfall dropped in just 24 hours in Aberdeen and Lossiemouth.

Several roads in Fife, Perth and Kinross were closed and in Moray part of a bridge and several trees were washed away by the floodwaters.