Saturday 10 December 2016

Flood waters ‘like rapids’ threaten Scotland’s historical Balmoral Castle

Gordon Rayner in London

Published 31/12/2015 | 02:30

A person wades through flood water in Straiton, Scotland, as Storm Frank begins to batter the UK on its way towards flood-hit areas. Photo: PA
A person wades through flood water in Straiton, Scotland, as Storm Frank begins to batter the UK on its way towards flood-hit areas. Photo: PA

Flood water from the River Dee in Scotland has come close to Balmoral Castle after it destroyed a historical bridge.

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The Cambus O’May footbridge over the River Dee collapsed in the rushing flood waters. One man, who lives opposite Balmoral, said: “I’ve lived here for 64 years and I’ve never seen it this bad.”

Another local described the water near Balmoral Estate as like “rapids”.

Nick Mitchell (40), had been visiting family in Ballater over Christmas when the river burst its banks yesterday morning.

Mr Mitchell, from Surrey, said the water was up to a foot deep in certain streets, with locals scrambling for sandbags to protect their properties.

He said: “My mother lives a bit further up the road so it has not come this far yet.

“It was above my boot at one point. It must be a foot or more in places.

“There’s a bit of panic from shop owners, who are trying to get sandbags out. I’m not sure if they have seen it this bad before.

“It’s hard to know what’s happening down at the caravan park as you can’t get down there at all. But when I was out I saw some rescue boats being prepared.”

Braemar Mountain Rescue team was also roped in to help flood-stricken homeowners in both Braemar and Ballater. Meanwhile, part of a unique Victorian pier has also collapsed into the sea amid the high winds of Storm Frank.  The north jetty of Birnbeck Pier, in Weston-super-Mare, north Somerset, collapsed into the Bristol Channel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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