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Damage and distruption as savage storm batters area

Galashiels, Scotland, UK. - 05 Dec 2013 : 
High Winds in the Scottish Borders, causing early morning damage to roofs in the Scott Street and Gala Park areas of Galashiels.
Police closed areas of road due to risk of further falling debris.

(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

Galashiels, Scotland, UK. - 05 Dec 2013 : High Winds in the Scottish Borders, causing early morning damage to roofs in the Scott Street and Gala Park areas of Galashiels. Police closed areas of road due to risk of further falling debris. (Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

Thursday’s superstorm left the Borders battered and bruised, with Eyemouth suffering severe flooding when the sea crashed in.

A storm surge combined with a higher-than-normal tide saw waves crashing over the sea wall, driving water into shops.

Roofs were ripped from houses in Gala Park and Douglas Place in Galashiels, but there were no serious injuries.

At the town’s Asda store a man escaped unhurt when part of the ‘S’ on the shop’s sign came down as he was leaving. He was treated by staff and checked by paramedics before being taken home.

Across the Borders around 5,000 Scottish Power customers were left without electricity. The cuts forced the closure of Earlston High School and primaries at Fountainhall, Heriot, Walkerburn, Stow, Yarrow and Greenlaw. School buses heading for Kelso and Peebles secondaries hit fallen trees, but there were no injuries.

Council officials reckon more that 100 trees came down causing a number of roads to be blocked.

Large Christmas trees in Kelso and Selkirk were damaged and the decision was taken to fell the one in Selkirk’s Market Place. It was due to be replaced by council staff yesterday. The tree in Kelso has been replaced.

Vehicles and road signs were blown over.

The council’s emergency control centre was operational and emergency planning officer Jim Fraser commented: “We had a challenging period from 7.30am until 11am.”

The Met Office put an amber warning in place for the area and police urged drivers to stay off the roads.

 

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