Clean up begins after severe weather causes major damage in coastal towns
17th December 2012
Clean up operations are under way in the coastal towns affected by severe weather overnight early on Saturday morning (15 December).
Coastal flooding has caused significant damage in Stonehaven, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Boddam.
It could take a number of days for a full assessment of the extent of the damage, and the likely cost of its repair.
Around 60 people were evacuated from properties in Stonehaven and Peterhead when the towns were hit by coastal flooding at the weekend.
At Stonehaven the residents of Turner’s Court and Hanover Court sheltered housing complexes were removed from their properties, while residents from the Roanheads area of Peterhead were also evacuated.
Residents at The Meadows care home in Huntly were also put on standby in case of the need to evacuate, but the alert was stood down when water levels of the River Deveron decreased.
Aberdeenshire Council, the emergency services and other agencies worked together under the remit of the Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group to ensure that people were kept safe during the storms.
Alternative accommodation has provided to all evacuees who remain unable to return to their homes.
The focus has now turned to assessing the damage caused by the severe weather.
There has been significant damage to Peterhead harbour and a number of commercial properties located there.
At Boddam a 20m section of harbour wall has collapsed.
Area manager for Buchan, Chris White, said: “It is fortunate that nobody was injured during the severe weather which has caused such significant damage in Peterhead.
“We are providing the support that we can to residents whose homes have suffered damage during the high tides, and also to businesses looking for accommodation for their staff after office buildings were damaged.”
In Stonehaven the boardwalk was badly damaged during the storm and will be removed to see if it can be repaired.
Specialist divers will be called in to assess the damage to Stonehaven harbour.
A flooding advice centre was set up in the council’s housing office on Allardice Street on Monday 17 December from 11am to 4.30pm to provide advice and support to people affected by flooding.
Area manager for Kincardine and Mearns, Willie Munro, said: “Our first priority is to find appropriate accommodation for those residents who may not be able to return home for some weeks.
“The council continues to work in partnership with other agencies to clear up the aftermath of the flooding as quickly as possible and get started on repairing the damage.”
In Fraserburgh the greatest amount of damage is concentrated at the harbour.
Area manager for Banff & Buchan, Margaret-Jane Cardno, said: “The harbour is vitally important to the local economy and the community in Fraserburgh.
“We will continue to work alongside the Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners to ensure every effort is made to repair the damage as quickly as possible.”
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