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Flood Tragedy

A YOUNG canoeist died and villages were hit by flooding as severe weather caused havoc across Wigtownshire.

Arron Aldous (21), of Richmond in Surrey, perished after going missing in the swollen River Bladnoch last Thursday. His body was found on Saturday near the spot where he was last seen.

Meanwhile, New Luce, Cairnryan and Portpatrick were among the worst-hit villages as rain lashed the area for days. Council bosses say the weekend roads clean-up operation alone has cost £20,000.

The area around the Water of Luce was worst affected but the A77 was closed at Cairnryan and south of Girvan for much of Thursday afternoon.

Rail travellers were also hit as the line between Stranraer and Girvan was closed for 24 hours after severe flooding at Barrhill and at Dunragit where part of a banking collapsed.

Stranraer managed to avoid the worst of the deluge although there were sporadic floods in the area. The council's Wigtown area Local Services Manager, Bob Maxwell, said:

"The floods have been pretty horrific in some areas, particularly New Luce, and we have had our full team, about 50 men, working on the situation.

"This will have cost us about £20,000 to mop up but that is nothing too unusual for this time of year."

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