Broxburn flooding: People rescued as homes in West Lothian flooded

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Firefighters used boats to rescue people from their homes in West Lothian

Emergency crews were called out to rescue people from their homes after an area in West Lothian was hit by flooding.

Flooding in the Broxburn area followed heavy rain on Thursday.

Firefighters called to the town used boats to take people out of flooded homes. Many cars in the area were also stranded up to their roofs in water.

BBC Scotland understands that 23 houses were affected by the flooding – 17 of which were on the same street.

West Lothian Council said a “small number” of social housing properties at Pyothall Court had been evacuated.

A spokesman said it had assisted emergency services after a number of properties and roads, particularly in Broxburn, were affected by flooding.

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In Broxburn cars were submerged

He added: “The community centre at Strathbrock Partnership Centre was opened as an emergency respite for centre for those impacted by the flood waters however no one in the end required accommodation through the night.

“A number of local roads remain closed with officers continuing to work with the emergency services this morning.”

Broxburn resident Aimee Miller said that about 19:00 on Thursday she looked out her window to see her garden completely under water.

By the time her family was rescued by firefighters, she said the water was waist deep.

She told Good Morning Scotland that water got into her house and was quarter of the way up the wall.

She and her partner are going to return to their home on Friday morning to assess the damage.

She expected a lot of cars on the street would be written off as they had been submerged in water.

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Broxburn was hit by flooding

Elsewhere in the central belt, trains were cancelled and roads closed because of flooding.

ScotRail warned that services across the country would be delayed or cancelled due to “extremely heavy rain flooding”.

The line through Bridgeton, to the east of Glasgow, was closed for a time but later reopened.

Floodwater also closed some roads in the east end of Glasgow.

Traffic Scotland said the A77 near the A751, Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway, had been restricted in both directions due to surface water affecting the carriageway.

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