Resilience Partnership update following Storms Malik and Corrie
The multi-agency response to Storms Malik and Corrie has entered the recovery phase after it was confirmed that almost all homes that lost power have now had it restored.
Those customers still not yet reconnected, will be imminently.
The Local Resilience Partnership has been co-ordinating activity to ensure those affected by the weekend storms have been fully supported.
All relevant agencies will continue to meet and address any continued issues caused by the adverse weather.
Similarly, anyone who is serviced by a private water supply and is currently having issues should contact their local authority, rather than Scottish Water directly. This will ensure it is properly recorded and a work order raised to progress.
For those with private water supplies, the advice is to check, clean and disinfect treatment systems, once power is restored. This includes ensuring that treatment equipment is operating effectively and that no damage has been caused due to a lack of water or frost protection.
Chair of the Local Resilience Partnership, Chief Inspector Jamie Harrison said: “Like Storms Arwen and Barra last year, Storm Malik and to a lesser extent, Storm Corrie, have caused significant damage and disruption to communities and the Resilience Partnership’s priority has been returning affected areas to normal as soon as possible.
“Extensive work has been undertaken to reconnect homes, repair downed power and telephone lines and clear roads and I am extremely grateful to all the agencies involved for their round-the-clock efforts.
“The way our communities have also pulled together to assist and support one another has also been really encouraging and I would like to thank you all for demonstrating the resilience and togetherness that the North East is known for.
“While the Police Scotland major incident has now concluded, the Local Resilience Partnership will co-ordinate any activity that may still be required to ensure a full return to normality.”
Richie Johnson, who chairs the Recovery Working Group, added: “While our focus now moves into the recovery phase, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the huge efforts undertaken by so many people during the past few days.
“From the dedicated support provided by council teams and resilience partners to the outstanding efforts of community groups and local businesses, we have all demonstrated once again just how well we can work together in such challenging times.
“During this recovery period we will continue to work with and support our communities, residents and businesses as they resume life after yet another damaging storm incident, particularly so soon after Storm Arwen.
“We will also take a collective approach in terms of the lessons learned from Storm Arwen and these most recent storms to ensure we are all better prepared to respond quickly and efficiently to future weather events.”