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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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Newton Stewart teen wins world dance title

A teenager from Newton Stewart has just been crowned World Junior Highland Dancing Champion, beating off competition from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Ellis Hayes, 17, recovered from ligament and tendon damage two years ago to make her way back to the very top.

But as Lori Carnochan went to find out, it's not just on the dancefloor where she excels:

Completely ewe-nique: The farmer who painted a few of her flock

An artist from Dumfries and Galloway is taking the art world by storm by painting her sheep.

Helen Ryman is a farmer, and can only find time to paint once she's finished milking the cows and tending to her flock.

She takes inspiration from her work and the landscape around her and usually paints in the field along with her animals.

Fiona McIlwraith went along to meet her.


Woman airlifted to hospital after Galloway biking accident

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her mountain bike in Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart.

The cyclist suffered head and neck injuries after being thrown from her handlebars whilst making her way through one of the sections of the famous 7 Stanes tracks on Saturday afternoon.

She was brought to safety by the Galloway Mountain Rescue and team before the air ambulance transferred her to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

"The injured female was packaged with a C-collar and vac-matt and stretcher carried to an awaiting ambulance and thereafter transferred to Helimed 5 air ambulance to be flown to DGRI."

– Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Council plans to reduce flooding take step forward

Dumfries and Galloway Council have approved plans to help reduce flood damage in Newton Stewart.

The local authority have announced a flood warning scheme will be launched and a flood pod will be established in the town.

They are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to construct walls in the town and raise a footbridge, but locals are worried that the flood defences will take years to complete.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Council appeals for national help to tackle D&G flooding

The River Cree burst its banks in Newton Stewart in December 2013 Credit: ITV News
The Belted Galloway restaurant in Newton Stewart was hit badly by flooding in 2012 and again in December last year Credit: ITV News
Galloway Mountain Rescue have had to re-adjust their vehicles to ensure they are suitable for driving through deep water Credit: ITV News
The local authority wants to raise the footbridge to reduce the risk of flooding Credit: ITV News
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