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Lorry carrying wind turbine blade catches fire

Burnt out lorry Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade caught fire closing one of the main roads in southern Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the A714 near Bargrennan around 10 miles from Newton Stewart shortly before 6am this morning.

The lorry driver escaped injury and fire crews from Newton Stewart extinguished the blaze.

The cab of the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

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Grants available for D&G flood victims

The Whitesands in Dumfries was flooded by Storm Frank. Credit: PA

Flood victims in Dumfries and Galloway can apply for grants from the local council.

Following two major storms in December, the council is offering Crisis Grants to families or individuals on a low income.

The purpose is "to meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency or disaster in order to avoid serious damage or serious risk to the health or safety of the applicant or their family."

People can apply for grants to cover their short term living expenses (including food and energy costs), as well as many household items.

  • You can apply for a Crisis Grant here

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to visit flood hit area in Scottish Borders

The first minister will visit a flood hit community in the Scottish Borders this morning.

Nicola Sturgeon will see the damage caused in Newton Stewart by Britain's third December storm.

Homes and businesses were evacuated yesterday when Storm Frank brought 'the worst flooding Newton Stewart has seen in 50 years'.

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WATCH: waves at Port William 'getting a wee bit wild'

Storm Abigail is set to strike the UK this evening, and flood warnings are in place for the south west coast of Scotland.

There is a Flood Alert for Dumfries and Galloway, and Flood Warnings for Stranraer and Powfoot.

This video shows the sea at Port William getting increasingly wild:

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