Scots evacuated after floods

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Hundreds of people had to leave their homes yesterday after flooding brought havoc to parts of Scotland. Up to 1,000 people were affected in the Morayshire area, which was the worst hit by torrential rains that drenched the eastern half of the country. Seventy people were given breakfast at a school in Elgin and two dozen more were at a community centre in Forres, the two towns at the centre of the downpours. Police said the main A96 road link between Inverness and Aberdeen was blocked in several places by floodwater.

The flooding came with heavy rain that has drenched the area non-stop since Monday, swamping roads and spilling water into residential areas. The problem was compounded when some rivers, including the Lossie and Findhorn, burst their banks.