Community councillors shocked by storm damage

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The scale of local damage from the heavy rainfall during the festive period shocked community councillors in Newtonhill when they were told the details at their last meeting.

Newtonhill, Muchalls and Cammachmore Community Council heard of damage to properties throughout the area.

In Newtonhill, one house was devastated after the Elsick Burn ran through the lower floors, washed away paths, undermined garage foundations, and knocked over walls. The ower has had to move out until major repairs are carried out.

Two bridges at Newtonhill beach have been affected with the supports being eroded by the volume of water from the Elsick Burn. One bridge is no longer in place.

Power and water supplies to houses were interrupted as the burn became so swollen that it burst its banks in various places. Parts of the valley slopes became unstable, causing landslides.

A right-of-way from Newtonhill to Cammachmore, going past the Mill of Elsick, has been closed by Aberdeenshire Council after the burn swept aside walls and scoured out the path.

A number of homes at West Cammachmore were badly affected when a water course burst its banks and flooded properties, with two properties being devastated. A wall was also destroyed by the water.

Footbridges between Newtonhill and Muchalls over the Pheppie Burn were washed away.

The path from Muchalls to the beach was closed after landslides.

Three of the area’s local councillors attended the meeting to hear what happened. They had each visited different scenes of the damage.

Councillor Alison Evison said: “The damage to properties has caused much suffering and will take months to put right.”

Councillor Ian Mollison explained that he had never seen anything like it in the area, adding: “I have not known anything like this in the 40 years I have lived here.”

Councillor Carl Nelson expressed his support for those affected: “It’s very said that people have had their homes destroyed by the flooding. Even worse for them is not knowing when they will be able to return to their damaged homes. Everyone must do what they can to help at this difficult time.”