Property wrecked by gales

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CLEAN-up operations and damage estimates began across Levenmouth after the severe gales which ushered in 2012.

Ferocious winds struck much of the area last Tuesday, leaving damaged property, fallen trees, flattened walls, wrecked roofs and strewn masonry.

Around the Kingdom, roads were blocked by trees and debris, the Forth and Tay road bridges were closed, and some areas, including Largo, were without electricity for a time, while residents elsewhere reported a variety of damage as the gusts continued mercilessly for several hours.

In one Kennoway incident, half of a corrugated iron roof from a garage in The Causeway, housing business vehicles for P. & D. Decorators Ltd., was torn off by the wind and cartwheeled across a garden, coming to rest against the front of a nearby house.

Luckily, no occupants were injured or in any danger, although the section of roof shattered glass and damaged the house roof and window frames.

Emergency services – praised by the householders for their response – secured the debris before it was removed the same day, with liaison between the house owners and business bosses.

Charles Finlay was at home with his wife Dot, daughter Claire, and Charles’ parents, when they heard “a horrendous crash” shortly before 8.30am.

“We heard glass smashing and I thought the house was falling down,” said Charles, a social worker.

He added: “When something like that happens, you have to be a bit stoic about it and just be glad nobody was hurt or injured.”