STORMING NEW YEAR

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A HUGE clean-up operation was under way after a massive storm brought new year misery to Bearsden and Milngavie.

Householders were left counting the cost of the damage after 100mph winds roared across Scotland on Tuesday.

Milngavie road outside Boclair house, tree getting cut'em'3/1/11

Milngavie road outside Boclair house, tree getting cut'em'3/1/11

The storm battered the area in the early hours, leaving a trail of destruction.

Trees and walls were blown over, roads blocked by debris and houses lost power.

Some schools were damaged, including Bearsden’s Boclair Academy, and urgent work is being carried out to ensure they can re-open on Monday.

Pensioner Peter Leitch (73) woke to find a massive felled fir tree lying on his house in Buchanan Drive in Bearsden.

Balmore coach house John Richies and Sue bond, damaged roof'em'3/1/12

Balmore coach house John Richies and Sue bond, damaged roof'em'3/1/12

He said: “The sound of the high winds had woken me up, they were really frightening. At about 5am, I heard this huge crash and thought maybe a window had gone in.

“When I went to investigate, I was relieved at first to find my windows were okay. However, I then found that a fir tree outside had been split in two and a large part of it was lying on my house, blocking my doorway!

“It was some night, but at least no-one was injured.”

There was misery for motorists in Bearsden’s Merrick Gardens after a wall collapsed on top of a row of parked cars.

Buchanan Drive bearsden, tree fallen on roof'Peter Leitch'em'3/1/11

Buchanan Drive bearsden, tree fallen on roof'Peter Leitch'em'3/1/11

A householder in Bailie Drive, Bearsden, said: “There was an almighty crash and I thought it was the noise of bins flying around. On waking up and opening the window blinds, I was met with a sight of a sign wedged between the house wall and the hedge.

“When I went out and investigated, this is a part of a sign on a hoarding on Stockiemuir Road, approximately 300 yards away. The sign had been blown off its backing and flew across Stockiemuir Road, Stockiemuir Avenue, dragged along a grassed area, across Bailie Drive, knocked off a coping stone of my neighbour’s garden wall, over his hedge, across his driveway, over another hedge, dragged along the house wall and wedged itself behind a wrought iron gate and a wooden gate - narrowly missing the window.”

Staff at The Balmore Coach House shop/cafe discovered that half the roof had blown off during the night.

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