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Businesses count the cost of flash floods

By Rachael Glennie

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Flooding threatened to damage businesses in the Inverurie area following a spate of heavy thunderstorms.

So much rain fell in the space of an hour on Saturday, a number of local minor roads including the B9170 had to be closed for safety reasons.

Streets were so waterlogged, cars struggled to drive through them and local businesses who have only just reopened had to close again.

One of the places worst hit was Garioch Heritage Centre, which had not yet reopened but will now have to get its carpets professionally cleaned before doing so.

Fortunately none of the displays, archives and books were damaged.

A spokesperson for the centre said: “It's upsetting to see flash flooding affecting the centre but many thanks to our volunteers, those from Inverurie Community Council and our neighbours at The Sidings who managed to help clean up over the last 24 hours to avoid lasting damage.”

The Butchers Arms pub in West High Street was also affected by the heavy rain.

The pub had just recently opened its doors to the public and was getting back to normality again.

Landlord Neil Cable said: “I just wanted to thank all the lovely customers and staff who helped us out yesterday, we couldn't have done it without you.

“A big shout out to Patrick from the Kilted Frog who shut the road to stop cars from West High Street causing waves into or businesses.”

Both the Garioch Heritage Centre and The Butchers Arms remained closed on Sunday, along with the Co-op in North Street, so they could carry out major clean-ups.

The Inverurie area is recognised by SEPA as being at a high risk of flooding, with an annual average flood cost of £510,000.

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