Local shooting boss given over home for evacuated family

Ballater has been ravaged by flooding due to the heavy rain from Storm Frank and melting mountain ice (Steve Rennie)
Ballater has been ravaged by flooding due to the heavy rain from Storm Frank and melting mountain ice (Steve Rennie)

A shooting boss of a local sporting beat has given over his home to a local family evacuated from their house by the waters that have ravaged Ballater.

The sporting tenant of Gairnshiel and the Micras at Invercauld, who does not wish to be named, was horrified when seeing images of the flood damage whilst in Belgium.

Despite communications lines being down, he managed to contact Invercauld Head Gamekeeper Hans Mckenzie-Wilson to instruct him to open doors to those requiring re-housing.

It is understood the sporting tenant also intends to donate furniture as the Deeside village attempts to get back on its feet after the unprecedented flood damage.

“As soon as my boss heard of what had happened, he got in touch next day. There was no mobile signal and the internet wasn’t working but he managed to call on the landline. As he was away in Belgium, he just wanted the house to be used for people who were needing it.

“The place was like a disaster area and, basically, he just wanted to do something to help those affected because he’d seen the pictures.

“I went down to the Housing Office in Ballater Town Hall and the accommodation was gone very shortly after I walked out the door.

“It is good that the place is being used as there are people, from young families to the elderly, who have been affected, here, and it will take a long time for things to get sorted out.

“Whatever people have seen on TV or in the newspapers, it’s been worse than that. Even now, the whole place still smells of kerosene.”

Sporting estate staff, who have been part of the action by the communities of Ballater and Braemar, are part of the Grampian Moorland Group, established to showcase working life in their communities.

Lianne MacLennan, Group Co-Ordinator, said: “A lot of our members have been out and about, ferrying folk with their vehicles and joining in with others, where they can. They are used to a bit of bad weather, given their jobs, but I don’t think anyone has ever seen anything like this.”