OPERATION CLEAN-UP AFTER THE STORM

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THE clean up operation following last week’s 100mph storm is still underway as repairs are made and fallen trees cleared away.

East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) teams have been busy removing debris after last Tuesday’s gales.

Repair teams worked successfully to ensure two schools hit by the storm could open as normal on Monday after the Christmas break.

Nursery kids at Colquhoun Park Primary in Bearsden had to be transferred to portable cabins while work is carried out and the mop-up operation is still underway at Bearsden’s Boclair Academy.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at EDC, said: “Last week’s storms created some challenges for the council, however, as with the previous severe weather we followed our robust contingency plans to ensure we could continue to deliver critical services across the area.

Safety

“A key priority for the council was to ensure the safety of our customers, therefore we closed some roads which were potentially dangerous due to fallen trees, debris and flooding.

“Around 60 incidents were reported of fallen trees, branches and debris across the area and, after having addressed the immediate safety aspects, clear-up operations commenced.

“Part of the roof of Colquhoun Park Primary was damaged so the nursery has been transferred to cabins for about a month until repairs are complete.

“Boclair Academy also suffered roof damage and water ingress affecting three floors, mainly technical rooms. The school opened as normal after the Christmas break although some classes had to be re-organised. Work is on-going to complete repairs.

“The refuse service was suspended early Tuesday, January 3, due to the high winds and resumed first thing on Wednesday morning. Crews worked through the weekend to clear the backlog and normal service was resumed on Monday.

“As with all emergency situations, we will review our response to the recent severe weather and take on board feedback to establish any areas for future improvement.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Water advised people to avoid public footpaths around the Mugdock and Craigmaddie reservoirs which have been affected by fallen trees.

The paths, which are popular with local residents, including walkers, joggers and people with dogs, have been affected by a number of trees, or parts of trees, which fell during the storm.

These include a tree which fell on Commissioners Road, which runs from the old water treatment works to Strathblane Road and is used by pedestrians, and a number of other trees which have been damaged, mainly around Craigmaddie reservoir and at Barrachan.