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PICTURES & VIDEO: Misery in Ballater as rescue operation mounted

Reports of extreme flooding in Ballater have seen a huge operation mounted by emergency services to rescue townsfolk from flood waters.

The River Dee burst its banks and the town has become completely flooded.

VIDEO: Watch caravan floating down the River Dee

Roads in and out of the Royal Deeside resort town are closed and impassable.

Coatsguard Helicopters, dozens of fire-fighters, police, ambulance crews and mountain rescue are all  engaged in the rescue effort.

It is not yet known how many people have needed rescued or if there have been any injuries.

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Thousands of homes in Scotland have been left without power as Storm Frank sweeps the country bringing heavy rain and gale-force winds. Pictured: The Cambus O'May footbridge over the River Dee
Thousands of homes in Scotland have been left without power as Storm Frank sweeps the country bringing heavy rain and gale-force winds.<br />Pictured: The Cambus O’May footbridge over the River Dee
A car submerged near Ballater on the South Deeside Road
A car submerged near Ballater on the South Deeside Road

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The Cambus O'May footbridge over the River Dee
The Cambus O’May footbridge over the River Dee

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