Storm wreaks havoc in North Berwick

NORTH BERWICK: Transport minister Keith Brown visits destruction at North Berwick harbour, 

Keith Brown chats with Bill Roberts.

NORTH BERWICK: Transport minister Keith Brown visits destruction at North Berwick harbour, Keith Brown chats with Bill Roberts.

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The community spirit of volunteers in North Berwick was praised after the “perfect storm” wreaked havoc at the harbour in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They turned out in force to help clear up the trail of destruction which was left by a tidal surge which broke sea walls which have stood for more than 150 years.

NORTH BERWICK: Transport minister Keith Brown visits destruction at North Berwick harbour, 

Part of the damaged harbour wall.
NORTH BERWICK: Transport minister Keith Brown visits destruction at North Berwick harbour, Part of the damaged harbour wall.

Many dinghies and boats were damaged, a large empty goods container was swept into the harbour and 15 metres of masonry on the seaward side collapsed as huge waves battered the shore from around 3am.

East Lothian Council, which owns the harbour, has started repairs, costing £30,000, to the sea wall but there are calls for a long-term solution to sea defences following storms in recent years.

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Sea rushes over the harbour wall through the 'breach'. Mangled railings are in the background from the wall collapsing.The bench seat at the top of the picture disappeared with more wall minutes after I took this photo. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
Sea rushes over the harbour wall through the 'breach'. Mangled railings are in the background from the wall collapsing.The bench seat at the top of the picture disappeared with more wall minutes after I took this photo. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
Girl Pat, before being taken to storage, loaded onto the same 40' trailer that had carried the rogue container. Sea rushes into the harbour from over the sea wall at the far end of the car park. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
Girl Pat, before being taken to storage, loaded onto the same 40' trailer that had carried the rogue container. Sea rushes into the harbour from over the sea wall at the far end of the car park. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
The clean up and salvage operation takes place in the aftermath of the storm, which damaged North Berwick Harbour. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
The clean up and salvage operation takes place in the aftermath of the storm, which damaged North Berwick Harbour. Photo by Ian Goodall, North Berwick Photographic Society
 

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