Welcome to Cupar... Under Eden

Flooding, December 21, 2012
Flooding, December 21, 2012

CUPAR experienced its most extensive flooding for decades last weekend when the River Eden burst its banks for much of its length through the town.

Damage to homes and businesses, however, was considerably less than four years ago when a number of properties in the Burnside area were badly affected when a Lady Burn culvert became blocked.

Torrential rain for much of last week caused the Eden to overflow by Friday, flooding some properties near South Bridge, Railway Place, Cupar Mills and Waterend Road.

A large area of the Haugh Park was flooded and parts of the popular ‘orchard’ walk, from South Bridge to the Millgate, were completely submerged.

Two Fife and Rescue Service appliances were called out to Railway Place on Sunday afternoon to pump out a house.

Two cars were stranded all weekend at the Argos car park next to the river and the store itself said its sales were affected because of the lack of parking.

A spokesman for the Cupar Argos said: “We struggled to get deliveries in and although our sales have been really positive, they could probably have been even better on such a busy weekend.”

One of the worst affected properties was Tommy’s Autos, on Waterend Road.

Owner Tommy Robertson, who has been trading at the site for more than 13 years, found his premises awash on Friday morning.

He said it was the worst flooding he had experienced and claimed matters would not have been so bad if Fife Council had delivered sandbags to him.

“I was told I would have to pick them up myself from the trading estate.”

On Monday, Mr Robertson was counting the cost of the flooding, which has damaged both his ramps, several expensive items of electrical equipment and ruined manuals, new starter motors and a clutch unit.

“On Friday when I measured the water it was 30cm deep in the garage – and about the only thing that’s survived is my wellies!”

Mr Robertson hopes to resume business at the end of this week or next week.

Cupar Councillor Karen Marjoram said this week that she had visited three of the affected houses, and had offered her sympathy and assistance to them.

“I have been in contact with various council officers over the weekend and also Scottish Water workers, and have seen first hand how hard these staff are working trying to keep things from getting any worse.”