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Firefighters rescue 42 people trapped in Asda supermarket by flooding

Water rescue crews from Polmadie and Ayr were in attendance at the Kilmarnock supermarket.

Rescue teams save staff and customers from flooding at Asda in Kilmarnock on December 22 2014. Image from Police Scotland.
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Firefighters have rescued 42 people stranded in an Asda supermarket by heavy flooding.

Emergency services in the Ayrshire and the Kilmarnock areas have been working through the night to tackle serious flooding after heavy overnight rain.

Water rescue crews from Polmadie and Ayr were in attendance at the Kilmarnock supermarket, where staff and customers were stranded by floodwater.

On Monday morning, a spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "A rescue operation is under way to ensure their safe rescue and there are no injuries to report."

Drivers and pedestrians are being urged to take care while travelling in the area.

Across the country the environmental watchdog Sepa issued more than 30 flood warnings and a further 12 less serious flood alerts.

Also in Kilmarnock homes were evacuated after the River Irvine burst its banks near the Scott Ellis recreation ground.

The A76 was closed in both directions near Hurlford, East Ayshire after the Cessnock Water burst its banks.

On Sunday night emergency services helped evacuate 30 people on board a Glasgow Central to Carlisle train after it struck "a large volume of water" on the line half-a-mile south of Mauchline, East Ayrshire.

Two people sustained injuries in the incident. They received precautionary check-ups from paramedics at the scene while ScotRail said one person was treated "for a minor head injury".

ScotRail also warned of possible disruption between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley on Monday following flooding at Addiewell. The line was partially closed for a time on Monday morning but re-opened.

Environment minister Aileen McLeod said: "We have seen some areas of very localised flooding in Scotland today as a result of persistent and heavy rain overnight.

"The Scottish Government is continuing to work with Sepa, local authorities and the emergency services to co-ordinate a multi-agency response and ensure that people and businesses are fully prepared for possible flooding.

"The situation is being monitored closely and we are grateful for the efforts of the emergency responders who evacuated shoppers from flash-flooding in Kilmarnock today.

"I would encourage everyone to monitor Sepa's Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to receive Floodline warnings direct to their phone."

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