© Michelle MacLeodSevere flooding in Alyth
Torrential downpours caused widespread devastation in Alyth this morning.

Rescue crews used inflatable boats to free people trapped in their homes and businesses in the flood-hit town centre.

Alyth Burn, which runs through the community, overflowed after debris and fallen trees blocked a series of bridges.

Locals told The Courier a large section of the town centre was under water within minutes.

Nearby homes and businesses were swamped, causing extensive damage.

The town hall has been opened as a shelter for people who have been affected by the floods.

A Perth and Kinross Council spokeswoman said that about 30 homes across Alyth had been hit, including sheltered housing at Burnside Court.