Spume at harbour and Cransdale. Collieston stories. East coast.

Spume at harbour and Cransdale. Collieston stories. East coast.

Story continued from previous page.. Storm 15th December 2012.

In Stonehaven - a town traumatized by recurrent flooding - residents were evacuated from a sheltered housing complex to be re-housed in temporary accommodation. (Facing a £500,000 damages and recruitment bill, the town's Maritime Rescue Institute was forced to close permanently in February 2013. The good news is that the RNLI may now establish a permanent inshore lifeboat station at Stonehaven.)

The village of Kingston in Moray was completely cut off after its sea defenses were breached. There was port damage at Lossiemouth where the harbour wall- after withstanding the North Sea for 150 years – collapsed. Sections of sea defenses were also destroyed at Boddam, Balintore and Wick. A shipping container broke loose and caused damage at North Berwick.

On a lighter note.. police, coastguards and the fire brigade were summoned when an unoccupied car was swept off Collieston pier. After depositing golf clubs on the beach to increase buoyancy, the Passat was last spotted heading towards Norway with its alarm system flashing. (This would be a better story had the car been a Marina.) The insurance claim will make interesting reading, and the shipping alert has raised a few nautical eyebrows. On December 21st, a cow and several lumps of lard were washed up on Collieston beach. The pier suffered serious damage - the holes on the seaward side are larger, and there's subsea damage, unseen..

The costs in fiscal and human terms are being counted, as blighted communities rally and rise to the challenges. A sea-faring Nation with deep respect for the forces of Nature, Scotland has weathered worse, but the storm on the 15th December 2012 was the result of a freak combination of factors.

See 'The wave that hit us' next image for the story of the next storm, the Muckle Blaw of 1953, and weather reports.
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Spume at harbour and Cransdale. Collieston stories. East coast.

Spume at harbour and Cransdale. Collieston stories. East coast.

Story continued from previous page.. Storm 15th December 2012.

In Stonehaven - a town traumatized by recurrent flooding - residents were evacuated from a sheltered housing complex to be re-housed in temporary accommodation. (Facing a £500,000 damages and recruitment bill, the town's Maritime Rescue Institute was forced to close permanently in February 2013. The good news is that the RNLI may now establish a permanent inshore lifeboat station at Stonehaven.)

The village of Kingston in Moray was completely cut off after its sea defenses were breached. There was port damage at Lossiemouth where the harbour wall- after withstanding the North Sea for 150 years – collapsed. Sections of sea defenses were also destroyed at Boddam, Balintore and Wick. A shipping container broke loose and caused damage at North Berwick.

On a lighter note.. police, coastguards and the fire brigade were summoned when an unoccupied car was swept off Collieston pier. After depositing golf clubs on the beach to increase buoyancy, the Passat was last spotted heading towards Norway with its alarm system flashing. (This would be a better story had the car been a Marina.) The insurance claim will make interesting reading, and the shipping alert has raised a few nautical eyebrows. On December 21st, a cow and several lumps of lard were washed up on Collieston beach. The pier suffered serious damage - the holes on the seaward side are larger, and there's subsea damage, unseen..

The costs in fiscal and human terms are being counted, as blighted communities rally and rise to the challenges. A sea-faring Nation with deep respect for the forces of Nature, Scotland has weathered worse, but the storm on the 15th December 2012 was the result of a freak combination of factors.

See 'The wave that hit us' next image for the story of the next storm, the Muckle Blaw of 1953, and weather reports.
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