THE First Minister is to visit flood-hit residents in Brechin following a weekend of extreme rainfall.

It comes after the River South Esk burst its banks on Friday and residents were urged to evacuate their homes after a “danger to life” warning was in place.

Services across the country are returning to normal following widespread disruption.

Latest ScotRail update

The latest statement from ScotRail said: "All routes are now open excluding the Kyle and Wick lines. Work is ongoing to reopen these lines again as soon as possible. 

"There are some bus replacements confirmed for services along the Kyle and Wick lines. 

"Customers with valid tickets can now travel on services up to three days after the date on their ticket."

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Road updates

Traffic Scotland have also issued an update on social media this morning.

The A92 from Melville Lodges to Parbroath is currently open although under temporary traffic lights.

A Met Office warning for ice is in place for large parts of Scotland until 9am.

Are there any flood alerts in place?

According to Sepa’s website, a flood warning remains in place in Kintore and a flood alert remains in place across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

What has the FM said?

Speaking ahead of his visit to Brechin, Yousaf (below) said: “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives to the extreme conditions caused by Storm Babet during what will be a difficult time.

“I want to pass on my thanks to local authorities, volunteers and the emergency services for all their efforts in these extremely challenging conditions.

The National:

“The local community in Brechin, like others across Scotland, have come together to offer support to all those affected by the floods with Angus Council receiving hundreds of offers of alternative accommodation for those forced to leave their homes.

“The process of assessing the full amount of damage caused in all areas affected by the storm is now underway.

“This will take some time and we are working closely with local authorities to support the people and businesses affected.”