Floods Special: Charities hit as devastation strikes communities

Victoria House – charities hit.

The devastating power of the storm that hit Moray was demonstrated by the destruction of roads and property that will take months to repair.

Part of the road from Bridge of Avon to Tomintoul was swept away by the River Avon, with the nearby newly opened Cairngorms Mountain Bike Trek centre closing for safety reasons.

A lifeboat was put to use by firefighters near Pluscarden to rescue a family of seven after part of the Lossie burst its banks, while rescues had to be carried out in Buckie and Rafford.

As well as homes being evacuated many businesses were forced to close their doors for the day as it became clear the rising water might pose a threat to customers and staff.

The Buckie branch of Tesco was cut off and closed while the Asda store in Elgin suffered a similar fate along with Johnston’s of Elgin and several High Street stores.

Elgin Station was closed as flood water covered the track and the surrounding area, while a landslip at the Glen of Rothes on the A941 saw several tonnes of debris blocking driveways.

Charities were also hit with Victoria House in Elgin badly flooded. The base for the British Red Cross and Crossroads Caring Scotland was under 8cm of water and will be just one of the many buildings to receive visits from insurers today.

David Townsend, operational support worker and voluntary service co-ordinator for Moray Handyperson Services who are also based at the building said that the damage would be reviewed today.

He added: “James Adam from Springfield Properties had a team recovering the situation as best they could all day and well into the evening.

“Around 8cm of rain water was pumped out of the building and flood gates effectively put in place, carpets were removed and de-humidifiers will run continually in the building.

“It looks like all six of the charities that use the building will be out of operation for several days until the water outside subsides and the building itself is declared fit for use again.”

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