THE sharp rise in temperature brought more misery to households across the district this week.
As the area finally started to warm up following a month of sub-zero conditions, Scottish Water and Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service were swamped with calls from desperate residents seeking help with burst pipes and flooding resulting from the thaw.
The impact of the sudden end to the big freeze also saw miles of snow-bound roads turned into icy rivers of slush bringing more danger for motorists.
Scottish Water drafted in extra staff to answer the hotline phones and engineers have been working round the clock since Christmas Day to repair damaged pipes as quickly as possible.
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