Hundreds of homes were left without water in Grangemouth last night after a 14 inch main pipe burst.

Around 420 properties had to be cut off as streets turned into rivers, sparking a frantic operation by locals to save their belongings.

Firefighters were also called to the scene on Forth Clyde Way and Dalgrain Road in Grangemouth, shortly after 8pm.

An investigation has now started as engineers try to establish the cause of the burst.

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A Scottish Water spokesperson said: "We are currently attending to a burst water main in Grangemouth.

"A team is on site working to repair the 14 inch water main on Dalgrain Road, which is affecting supply to around 420 properties.

"Tankers are in operation to maintain water supplies to those customers affected.

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"At least one property has suffered external flooding and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service are in attendance to provide assistance.

"Some traffic management may be required to enable excavation and repairs to be completed as quickly and safely as possible.

"Scottish Water would like to apologise for any inconvenience to our customers in this area."