A Paisley carer has told how her team fought tooth and nail through a horrendous deluge last night to make sure vulnerable people got the vital support they needed.

Stacey Lorimer, a senior carer with the Renfrewshire Council's care-at-home service, said it was a "genuine struggle" to get around Foxbar as many roads were blocked by flooding after rain battered the region for several hours.

The 32-year-old, who lives in Don Drive, said her colleague at the wheel was forced to drive along a pavement in Brediland Road as it became completely unpassable.

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"The rain started coming down at about 2.30pm and really it was just regular rain at that point but by about 4pm that's when the floods really started," she said.

"Within the next half hour, just about every route into Foxbar was flooded.

Conditions were tough at Linwood Toll Roundabout near Adli

"We cover from Foxbar right up to the Royal Alexandra Hospital so there were a lot of areas that became problematic for us.

"We couldn't really get the car down Brediland Road and it was particularly bad where it meets Morar Drive.

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"We just had to get up on the pavement in the end there but we were still worried the water was going to come into the car because it was that high.

"It was a genuine struggle to see everyone that we needed to but we did it. We just said to ourselves we're just going to have to get to people in pockets and do our best and get everyone home safe. People needed us.

"It started to improve around 8pm when the drains had been cleared and we did catch up.

"All the carers should receive recognition for the hard work they did."

People living in towns and villages across the length and breadth of Renfrewshire faced torrential conditions throughout the evening.

Other roads in Paisley which were sent underwater included Canal Street, Underwood Road, Greenhill Road, Barrhead Road, Blackhall Street and Cluny Drive.

There were also reports of major flooding on the A761 Ferguslie near Aldi and at the cricket pitch in Corsebar Road.

Huge rainfall in Paisley led to roads all over town flooding Conditions at Linwood Toll Roundabout near Aldi
Huge rainfall in Paisley led to roads all over town flooding on Wednesday evening

In other areas of Renfrewshire, the deluge forced Amaretto Italian Restaurant in Main Street, Bridge of Weir, to temporarily shut as the water blocked the road.

Council bosses urged people to avoid Linwood Toll from Fulbar Road to the roundabout, Station Road in Ferguslie, Main Road in Elderslie and Bridge of Weir Road in Brookfield as staff worked to get people moving again.

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