The temporary flood defences in Comrie are holding, bringing a sigh of relief to many but for Strath farmers the misery brought about by prolonged heavy rain continues.
Fields are waterlogged and animals have had to be moved to higher ground to keep them safe.
“Fortunately there have been no fatalities,” one local farmer told the Herald, “but we have had to work extra hard moving sheep around and making sure they are given extra feed. It has been particularly bad for farms along the Earn, which keeps bursting its banks. Trees growing unchecked over the years have led to gravel beds building up and erosion of the banks, leaving the water with nowhere to go but into the fields.
“The fields are like lochs in some places with water lapping at the edges. We are used to working in all weathers but this year’s extreme weather has made things extremely frustrating for us.”
Last weekend’s downpour caused the road between Monzievaird and Strowan to be closed as water gushed between fields causing a further headache for Carse of Trowan farmers Jim and Rab Davidson.