Floods hit Britain and Scotland

Two bridges were washed away in Scotland after what was declared a major emergency led to the evacuation of 500 homes due to flooding.

Residents of Hovik were forced to leave their homes as the Teviot River burst its banks in some parts of the town due to rising water levels.

Network Rail Scotland said speed limits have been imposed as very heavy rain is forecast across Scotland on Friday, causing disruption to the West Coast main line between Glasgow and Carlisle.

Two road bridges spanning the Annan River were washed out north of the railroad and trains could not pass over the viaduct, causing the Dumfries-Carlisle line to be closed until further notice, Network Rail Scotland said.

In Hawick in the Scottish Borders, a major incident was resolved, evacuations from homes were stopped and residents were allowed to return home after 500 homes were threatened.

Scottish Borders Council said: “The evacuation of residents has been halted and members of the public are being told they can return to their homes.”

Residents in the most at-risk areas of Hovick were warned to prepare to flee as soon as possible overnight amid fears that hundreds of properties could be threatened.

NHS Borders also closed the Teviot Medical Center and all services operating there, and the council opened the Teviotdale Recreation Center to assist those forced to flee their homes because of flood risk.

Several schools in Dumfries and Galloway were closed after flooding blocked roads, and a major incident was dealt with Friday afternoon.

Elsewhere in Cumbria, about 40 homes flooded, and Cockermouth mountain rescuers had to rescue two hikers and their dog from chest-high floodwater.

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