Cars and homes abandoned in Scottish flash floods

This car was left stranded in floods in the town of Newton Stewart. Credit: Lee Robertson

Flash floods in heavy rain saw firefighters rescuing people from their homes across many parts of Scotland.

Car parks, homes and roads were flooded and many people were evacuated following persistent and heavy rain.

Marc Becker, hydrology manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: "Heavy overnight rainfall across, especially, the south and west of Scotland, has caused river levels across this region to rise significantly.

"The worst affected areas appear to be the southern Highlands, west central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway where in excess of 50mm of rainfall fell in a 12 hour period."

Flood warnings have been issued across Scotland.