Scotland recovering after day of flooding chaos during Storm Frank
People were left without homes and power overnight in the aftermath of Storm Frank.
Scotland is recovering after hundreds of homes were evacuated and thousands of residents left without power during Storm Frank.
More than 6000 homes were left without power and hundreds were affected by flooding after the Met Office put a "be prepared" warning in place covering all mainland regions, with the exception of the Highlands, as Storm Frank swept in on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Two severe flood warnings, 64 flood warnings and 12 flood alerts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) remained in place on Thursday with Scots across the country badly affected by the weather.
The "severe flooding - danger to life" warning for Whitesands in Dumfries and Galloway and for the River Tweed in Peebles in the Borders remain in place.
Nicola Sturgeon visited shops and businesses devastated by the floods in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.
Ms Sturgeon said: "The impact is devastating for people, it's absolutely heart-breaking.
"This is probably the worst flooding episode that Newton Stewart and much of this region has experienced, for some people, in living memory.
"On the other side of that, the response has been heroic. Emergency services, volunteers, members of the public, the council, working together. There's a sense here of real community spirit."
Passengers were stranded inside a bus which was swept into a flooded river in South Ayrshire.
A Stagecoach bus became trapped in flood waters in Dailly. Police Scotland said ten adults and two children aged seven and five, were rescued.
Emergency services also attended the scene after a kayaker got into difficulty in the River Findhorn. A call for assistance was made at around 12.30pm after the man began to struggle in the water. Aviemore Caravan Park was evacuated as rising water levels became unmanageable.
The rain and gales also left thousands of homes in the north without power, with faults caused by wind damage and trees or other debris on the lines. SSE said around 200 homes in the Ballater area of Aberdeenshire would be without power overnight due to severe flooding.
Over 100 people in Anderson Road, Deebank Road and Albert Road in Ballater were evacuated and a rest centre was set up at the Victoria Barracks and nearby Aboyne Academy. They stayed there on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "There are currently over 100 people spending the night there, including residents from sheltered housing who spent much of the day at the local manse.
"There has been a plentiful supply of hot food and drinks thanks to the generosity of local people, businesses and hotels. SSE has now set up a mobile catering facility to ensure that everybody is fed and that breakfast is provided."
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited the flood-ravaged area on Thursday, during their stay in Scotland.
Travel on motorways and rural routes alike was also severely disrupted by surface water, and the A83 at the Rest And Be Thankful was closed after a landslip.
Police, coastguard and ambulance crews were, meanwhile, responding to reports of a missing kayaker on the River Findhorn in Moray yesterday afternoon.
There was no update available on the incident. In Aberdeen, coastguard rescue teams were called to help evacuate residents from a care home which was flooded.
Residents were also evacuated from Riverside Drive in the city and moved to Norwood Hall which was opened as a rest centre.
Dumfries and Galloway Council said flood levels in Newton Stewart had exceeded those experienced by the town in November 2012.
Homes have been evacuated and a rest centre set up at Douglas Ewart High School. The local authority said Moffat had effectively been cut off by floods, with the A701 closed both north and south of the town.
The Scottish Government's resilience committee has been meeting to discuss the situation.
Environment minister Aileen McLeod said: "Local resilience teams across Scotland are working tirelessly to manage the impacts of the heavy rainfall that has resulted in significant flooding in local areas and I thank them for all their ongoing hard work and efforts.
"Of course, our thoughts and sympathies are with all those whose homes and livelihoods are being directly impacted, for example through being evacuated from their homes.
"Communities are still seeing significant impacts and, although the worst of the weather is over river levels in some areas have yet to peak and we will continue to see localised flooding.
"I encourage people in affected areas to check with Sepa and Traffic Scotland for the latest position, particularly before they attempt to travel.
"The First Minister, deputy first minister and other relevant ministers have been updated on the ongoing situation and will continue to offer their support to local resilience teams as they work to deal with the impact of the flooding."
Transport minister Derek Mackay added: "There have been challenging conditions across our transport infrastructure today and many local areas continue to feel those impacts. Our resilience teams are working closely with partners and agencies to keep our transport networks operational."