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Infrastructure collapses as Storm Babet sweeps through Scotland



Infrastructure has collapsed in areas across the country as Storm Babet takes hold of Scotland.

In Angus, a 200-year-old bridge on the Rottal Estate was washed away by torrential flooding while a road connecting Marykirk also collapsed. Nine miles away in the village of Edzell, residents were cut off by flood water from three rivers that surround it, leaving locals fearful of more rain forecast overnight.

Nearly 30,000 customers lost power but were mostly reconnected by 5pm, with 3,800 properties still without electricity, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). First Minister Humza Yousaf paid tribute to two people who died in “tragic circumstances” and warned the public to be aware, while police warned the situation was “the worst ever seen” in some regions.

Grandmother-of-three Christine Haggerty has lived in Edzell since 1985 and had never seen flooding so severe. She said the village was usually a magnet for canoeists and tourists keen on fishing, but had been well prepared with efforts from a flood group and Angus Council which cleared leaves and drains in advance.

Mrs Haggerty said: “It looks like it will happen again but worse, it is really worrying. They said we were cut off, but when the rain had stopped the flooding disappeared quite quickly.

Members of a Coastguard Rescue Team in Brechin(Image: PA)

“We have got these burns round about, if they were all breached you couldn’t get in or out. They said we were cut off this morning, because of the amount of water that had been falling.

“We are at the foot of a glen, there is a little stream which is practically bursting, and there is the North Esk. The rivers are taking the magnitude of it at the moment.”

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