Storm Arwen: Communities tell of 'mammoth task' of recovery

Storm Arwen: Communities Tell Of 'mammoth Task' Of Recovery

Storm Arwen: Communities tell of 'mammoth task' of recovery Profiles
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    Seven Weeks ago Storm Arwen caused devastation across Scotland, felling thousands of trees, bringing down Power Lines and ripping roofs from buildings.

    The north-east corner of the country was particularly badly hit and now communities in Aberdeenshire are facing lengthy recovery operations. Bbc Scotland has been to meet some of them.

    " The Roof was flapping up and down".

    This Was The Scene which confronted Fraserburgh Heritage Centre volunteer Barry Scott on The Night Storm Arwen struck Seven Weeks ago.

    " I got a phone call from our security service to say they'd had an intruder alert" he recalled, only to be confronted by the damage being caused by The Storm when he arrived.

    " It was A Day , A Day -and-a-half later before The Storm subsided and we could take account of what had happened. "

    The Building 's roof had been Ripped Off and its contents exposed to The Elements .

    He Said the closure was " a big loss to the town" due to " hundreds of years of history" but that most was salvageable.

    Mr Scott said The Feeling was " disappointment and devastation" at the amount of damage that had been caused.

    " It's heart-breaking really" He Said . " We need to get artefacts out and dried out and start renovating. "

    Some areas that were fully enclosed escaped the damage.

    He estimates it could be 2024 before a new roof is fitted and the centre is ready to reopen.

    'It will take weeks and weeks to clear up'

    Meg Morrison is a tenant farmer near Newmachar.

    She and her partner had been farming this land for less than a year when Storm Arwen struck.

    She was only able to look at the damage The Next morning, with trees blocking entrances to fields.

    " It (woodland) was all just down" She Said ,

    " As new entrant farmers we have been really lucky to get our first tenancy, and with that comes a responsibility of looking after The Land that we have and trying to improve it where we can.

    " We haven't really planned for this to happen and we don't really know where to start to be honest.

    " This is going to take weeks and weeks to clear up and it's just us. "

    As busy farmers She Said clearing The Trees could not realistically be their top priority, but at some point they would have to deal with it.

    " At The Moment we don't have the machinery or the manpower, we're just two farmers at The End of The Day , it's such a mammoth task. "

    She Said it was lucky no harm was caused to any of their animals.

    " It was one of my favourite parts of The Farm . It's also sad as there a lot of wildlife such as owls, it's such as shame as it's all flattened. "

    'We had to close The Park - it's dangerous'

    At Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, heavy forestry equipment has been brought in to clear the area.

    About 4,000 trees were felled by The Storm .

    Experienced Aberdeenshire Council landscape officer Jack Grant said there was " extensive" damage to The Park .

    " It's very unsafe in The Park now" He Said .

    " There are trees hung up in forest areas. People have been walking underneath it so we had to make a big decision to close The Park to keep The Public out so we can get our work done and get The Park back open.

    " It was a very hard decision to make but it had to be done, it was very dangerous. "

    Fallen trees are being removed, And Then there will be a replanting programme over The Next three years.

    " It will take another 40 Years for The Trees to grow back up" He Said .

    " We will recover. "

    Energy supplier Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has compensated More Than 33,000 homes for loss of power due to The Storm .

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