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Homes evacuated as river bursts its banks after heavy rain causes flooding in Scotland

Scores of homes have been evacuated in Aberdeenshire after the River Don burst its banks and the River Ythan threatened to overflow, while people in an area of Aberdeen were advised to leave their properties.

Roads have been closed and trains and flights cancelled in Aberdeen and across the surrounding region as water levels reached record highs.

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Council: Flooding was 'catastrophe waiting to happen'

Flooding in some of the worst hit areas was a "catastrophe waiting to happen", Leeds' council leader has claimed.

The leader of Leeds City Council claims that floods were a Credit: Leeds City Council

According to the Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake, there was "not the level of investment" needed to protect city's such as Leeds from major flooding that led to the evacuation of thousands of homes across northern England this Christmas.

She said: "The cost of the damage caused by this event will be considerable and if ever the evidence was needed that cities like Leeds must have the best possible comprehensive flood defences, this is it.

"The council warned the Government, after several near-misses in recent years, that a major flood in Leeds was a catastrophe waiting to happen but the response was slow and not the level of investment we know the city needs for it to be fully protected."

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