Town recovering after the big storm

20110524 - Storm damage. 'Landlady Anne Higgins pictured with the lead flashing that was ripped off the roof of the Neptune Bar, Erskine Road, Montrose on Monday evening by gale force winds. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

20110524 - Storm damage. 'Landlady Anne Higgins pictured with the lead flashing that was ripped off the roof of the Neptune Bar, Erskine Road, Montrose on Monday evening by gale force winds. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

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AS LAST week’s Review went to Press on Tuesday we knew that the previous day’s storm damage had been severe - but just how bad it was only became clear in the days that followed.

For example, as can be seen in our picture, the Neptune Bar lost three-quarters of its lead sheeting from a section of roof.

Landlady Anne Higgins told us that the lead came from a flat top on a pitched roof.

She added: “It was a miracle that nobody was hurt.”

Mrs Higgins was away at the time, collecting a darts team from Arbroath, when she was told of what had happened.

The flying lead knocked out several ‘phone lines including that of the pub itself.

The initial clear-up was delayed when the company involved sent out one person. In reality it took two policemen and six firemen to pick it up in sections.

Mrs Higgins’ insurance company gave her the go-ahead straight away to have the building made watertight, and this was quickly done. Remarkably, there was no damage inside the building, and the weekend’s Montrose Music Festival events went ahead as planned.

And at Piggins-Rix about one-third of the roof blew off a storage shed containing wood pulp. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident.

A spokesman told the Review on Monday that the metal sheeting blew completely clear of the roof, and further sheets had to be removed in order to render the building safe.

At the time the firm was still awaiting an insurance assessor.

The pulp has been moved to other sheds.

And a snapped tree branch was responsible for both Montrose fire engines, ‘58’ and ‘51’ registration Scanias, sustaining severe damage.

The appliances were on their way back from checking a fire alarm at Rossie Secure Accommodation when the first vehicle braked sharply as a branch snapped off a tree.

The following one was unable to stop in time, and ploughed into the back of the first.

A car following the two fire engines ran into the back of the second. The driver was conveyed by ambulance to Montrose Infirmary for a check-up.

Tayside Fire and Rescue report that a firefighter was checked by paramedics but allowed to return to duty.

We understand that an appliance from Arbroath with cutting gear was sent to the scene to assist in removing equipment from the stricken vehicles.

A replacement fire engine, an older model of Scania, was despatched from Dundee to provide cover at Montrose.

Many trees were blown down in the area, and the A937 between Hillside and Marykirk was blocked near Grampian Growers for most of Monday afternoon after a huge tree was blown over by the gale force winds. Electricity supplies were affected in Craigo and Logie after a tree was blown over at Ardoch of Gallery, taking down power lines.