Published: 30/08/2014 09:00 - Updated: 29/08/2014 10:45

Dallas flood victims demand answers

Written byHazel Lawson

Forres councillors George Alexander and Lorna Creswell assess where the River Lossie over-topped, with Elgin community councillor David Chapman (left).
Forres councillors George Alexander and Lorna Creswell assess where the River Lossie over-topped, with Elgin community councillor David Chapman (left).

 

DALLAS residents took the opportunity this week to have their say on what happened when the village flooded earlier this month.

Scores of people attended a consultation held in the Houldsworth Institute on Monday in a bid to determine what happened when the River Lossie overflowed and washed its way through around 40 properties.

Dallas off-shore worker John Fielding surveys the damage after his house flooded.
Dallas off-shore worker John Fielding surveys the damage after his house flooded.

Representatives from Moray Council’s flood prevention team, the Scottish Flood Forum and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency were on hand to offer advice and collect information about the flood event – the worst in living memory.

Denise Frankland, who lives on the northern outskirts of the village, said: "It came from several directions, and I think from Torchastle in the first instance.

"We have three doors to the house, and the water came in all three of them. There are six of us, so it is getting particularly difficult for us to find somewhere to go at the moment.

"It was terrifying – a nightmare. We were trying to stop it coming into the building, but we didn’t have the equipment to do that."

She added: "I think today will be helpful for them if they are going to do something about it."

Chris and Terry Skilbeck could be spending Christmas in a caravan this year. Terry said: "By the time we were aware of it, the water had been in through the doors and we were flooded."

For the full story and pictures, see this week's 'Northern Scot'

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