EAST Renfrewshire Council came to the rescue after a neighbouring town was hit by torrential flooding yesterday.

Kilmarnock fell victim to the downpour over the weekend and a ‘flooding black spot’ in the area of Queen’s Drive in the East Ayrshire town was closed off due to the heavy rainfall.

East Renfrewshire Council, along with North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Council helped out their neighbouring authority with additional sand bags, adding up to 7000.

A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council told the Barrhead News: “We work closely with our neighbouring local authorities on a number of issues. During the extreme weather over the weekend, East Ayrshire had a number of specific flooding issues and we were able to support their efforts by providing a quantity of sandbags.

"This is a reciprocal arrangement which ensures we have additional support if required for situations arising in our area.”

A spokeswoman for East Ayrshire Council thanked East Renfrewshire for their help, adding: “The area around Queen’s Drive was the worst affected last night (Sunday, August 11).

“We had our teams out sand bagging and making sure that nobody’s homes were affected.

“We were very grateful to East Renfrewshire Council for their help – we had over 7000 sand bags handed out – it was a case of partnership and everyone helping each other out where needed.”

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