Storm Francis: Watch as firefighters rescue Broxburn residents in boats amid severe flooding
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In total, 14 houses had to be abandoned by residents of Pyothall Court when flood defences built along the nearby Brox Burn failed on Thursday evening, after heavy rainfall that started at around 5pm.
Many were taken to the Strathbrock Partnership Centre for shelter and support.
A video, taken by Aimee Miller as she and her young son were evacuated by A Scottish Fire and Rescue (SFRS) water rescue team, shows wheelie bins floating in the background, with abandoned cars left submerged in the water.
Later she tweeted: “Street flooded… all of us rescued by the amazing fire brigade with their boats! Hope everyone else is ok.”
The SFRS said it received further reports of “significant flooding” incidents in Linlithgow and Ratho.
Many residents have now returned to their homes to begin the clean-up operation.
Photos from the scene this morning show rubbish, silt, and other debris left behind by the water, strewn across the gardens and driveways in Pyothall Court.
One pensioner at Pyothall Court revealed the extent of the damage to her home wrought by the foodwater.
Jean Hendrie said has been forced to stay with her daughter indefinitely while her “ruined” house undergoes extensive repairs.
The 70-year-old told the PA news agency: “Everything in the living room is ruined, the water was up to our knees.
“The carpets are ruined, the floors are ruined,” she added.
“The rain came on really heavy at about 5pm and there is a burn behind the flood wall and the water came right over the wall.
“One of my neighbours was flooded and the water came right up to her kitchen worktops, and there are cars that are written off.
“We will not be able to stay here as the electricity is off, the carpet is soaked, there is silt everywhere.”
She said nothing like this has happened in the 21 years she has lived there.
SFRS said it had worked with other emergency services and local authorities to support those affected.
This latest devastation comes just two weeks after thunderstorms and heavy rain sparked widespread flooding across Fife and disrupted the region’s transport links, prompting officials there to declare a major incident.
And in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, tragedy struck when three people were killed as a ScotRail passenger train was struck by a landslide after a night of heavy showers.
ScotRail warned passengers across Scotland’s central belt this morning that its services would be delayed or cancelled because of the “extremely heavy rain flooding”, with several lines being blocked.
But the rail company has now confirmed that all lines affected by Thursday’s heavy rain have now reopened, and services are able to run again.