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.
While many householders who were without power have had supplies restored, we are aware that some properties in rural parts of the county are still without power – mainly the Athelstaneford and Bolton areas. We understand Scottish Power Energy Networks are working to re-connect their customers who remain without power as soon as possible.
A Salvation Army mobile unit was back outside Athelstaneford village hall on Monday morning and is now on its way to Bolton village.
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 re-charge 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.
Temporary barriers remain in place on Dunbar High Street around a property with damage to the roof that remains a concern. Inspections are now complete and we thank local residents, the Christmas lights team and businesses for their patience.
The council’s Contact Centre is currently focusing on answering emergency calls - it's open 24/7 Tel: 01620 827827 Out of office hours - 01875 612818.
Unfortunately the team are unable to deal with calls in relation to council tax and waste services at this time.
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.
Communication has continued between the council and East Lothian Resilient Communities.