Roads closed as floods cause chaos

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The Independent Online
TORRENTIAL RAIN caused havoc in parts of Scotland and Wales last night. Some areas of Wales were on red-alert flood warnings while 11 people stranded by floods in Scotland were rescued by fire crews.

Police and the AA were warning motorists only to venture out if it was absolutely necessary as roads were closed due to flooding. "Conditions ... look extremely grim and there is a great deal of surface water on all roads," said an AA spokesman last night after 1.5 inches of rain fell in five hours.

In Dalry, Ayrshire, fire crews had to use a dinghy to rescue 11 people trapped inside a building and three people were treated for hypothermia after their car became trapped in floods near Lochwinnoch.