Storm of the century causes devastation in Kirkintilloch

Chimney fallen off roof in Donaldson Place'Photo Emma Mitchell'3/1/12

Chimney fallen off roof in Donaldson Place'Photo Emma Mitchell'3/1/12

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THE offices of the Kirkintilloch Herald were quarantined as winds of up to 95mph caused chaos last week.

Residents and businesses have been left counting the cost of last Tuesday’s gales.

The Herald office in Dalrymple Court, Townhead, was temporarily cordoned off due to fears over falling slates and guttering.

Meanwhile, just a few yards away pedestrians and vehicles were being kept well away from the old Co-op building in Townhead, which has lain derelict since it was guttted by fire back in 2007.

Donaldson Place, in Kirkintilloch, was also closed off due to a fallen chimney, and part of the roof of the Southbank Marina was blown away.

In the Bishopbriggs area a number of roads were closed due to fallen trees.

East Dunbartonshire Council responded to more than 60 incidents to remove fallen trees, branches and debris strewn across roads.

The council suspended refuse collection at 10am on the day, because of the severe winds.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The latest storms created some challenges, 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.”