East Lothian Council and our partners have been working hard to respond to the challenges arising from the storm which battered eastern Scotland on Friday night and into Saturday morning.
A number of properties in eastern and hillfoot areas of the county have been without power. While electricity has been restored for some, we understand Scottish Power Energy Networks are working to re-connect their customers who remain without power as soon as possible.
In support of people affected by the ongoing power cut in the Athelstaneford area, a Salvation Army mobile unit is will be outside the village hall until 8.30pm on Sunday evening.
On a cold November day, local residents can pop along to collect water and hot drinks. You can also take along a flask to fill up with water, which can be given to any neighbours/vulnerable people requiring assistance.
The van also has power points to charge the battery of those all-important mobile and handheld devices.
There has been significant tree damage in and around communities, as well as in rural and coastal areas Amenity teams have been out and about to lead on the clear-up but given the large number of fallen trees on public land and highways, it will take quite some time to clear. We are grateful to people, including local people who may have fallen trees on their land, for their patience and understanding.
Teams have also been checking for any debris or building damage. There have been some reports of fallen chimney pots and slates, particularly on Dunbar High Street.
Temporary barriers remain in place on Dunbar High Street to allow for inspections of properties that may have sustained damage in the strong winds. Inspections will continue into Monday and we thank local residents and businesses for their patience.
There may still be disruption to public transport – please check with operator before travelling.
Supporting vulnerable people
The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership has been supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities to check they are safe and well and providing assistance where needed.
We are also grateful to people for their support in checking on neighbours, friends and family who may be vulnerable or require some help.
The council’s Contact Centre is open 24/7 Tel: 01620 827827 Out of office hours - 01875 612818.