A disabled elderly couple had to be rescued from their home as flooding caused chaos across Renfrewshire.

John and Wilimina Martin were evacuated from their house in Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie, as firefighters desperately tried to limit the damage to the property.

Flood water poured into the couple’s front door, leaving them helpless.

John, 82, is confined to a wheelchair, while 79-year-old Wilimina is recovering from breast cancer and has limited mobility due to a recent hip replacement.

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Their devastated family battled the rising water for hours, but were forced to quit after the fire service urged them to get the elderly couple to safety.

John and Wilimina’s granddaughter Samantha Vandal says the pair are heartbroken to see their family home in peril.

Speaking to the Express, Samantha said: “It is just awful.

“They are so upset and it is so hard for us to see, especially since there is nothing we can do to stop the water coming in.

“My whole family has been trying to get the flood water out of the house, but it is such a struggle.

“At one point, the water was up to my knees. It was still coming in the front door when we left.”

Across Renfrewshire, residents battled against the elements yesterday as torrential rain caused flooding throughout the
area.

Cars were left stranded in water on a number of streets, and roads were flooded in Paisley and beyond, including Kilbarchan and Howwood, while rivers have burst their banks.

An ambulance crew was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in high water near Linwood Toll, and their vehicle had to be pushed to safety.

Scottish Fire and Rescue was on hand to help people who found themselves in difficulty.

Firefighters evacuated John and Wilimina and their family from their farmhouse yesterday afternoon and helped them to safety.

The family had been fighting to remove the water from the house for hours before being forced to give up.

A burn next to the property had burst its banks, which caused the water levels to rise.

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Samantha says the house has now been left with no power as the water damage has resulted in Scottish Power cutting off all electricity.

She has also criticised Renfrewshire Council for its failure to take action, despite numerous pleas for help.

She added: “The fire service came to help us and they decided it was best to evacuate them as they were struggling to get the water
out.

“We called Renfrewshire Council and they told us to send an email to one of their teams and go out and buy sandbags.

“It’s just not good enough. They are both disabled - my papa is in a wheelchair and my gran walks with sticks.

“Surely they should be helping them in some way?

“It’s just negligence that they thought the way they handled it was acceptable.

“Scottish Power has said the building is a danger to life because of the water damage.

“We are going to need a structural engineer to check the house before it can be declared safe for them to come back.”

Flooding on Ferguslie at Linwood Road Roundabout

Renfrewshire Council apologised for the distress caused to John and Wilimina, and urged other residents to prepare for flooding.

A spokesman said: “We are very sorry for the issues facing this family and will help wherever we can to provide support and guidance, including the offer of temporary accommodation if this is required.

“We work hard to reduce the risk of flooding and have an ongoing programme to inspect and clear watercourses.

“We would encourage all property owners to view the advice on our website with information on how to prepare for and cope with the impact of flooding.”

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A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted to reports of a domestic property being affected by floodwaters at Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie, Paisley.

“Operations Control mobilised one appliance and firefighters assisted several members of the public from the property to a place of safety.

“Crews left the scene after handing control of the area over to the local authority and Police Scotland.”