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Gale force winds leave a trail of destruction at Wick Harbour


By SPP Reporter


Two lorries were caught in the tidal surge at Wick Harbour.
Two lorries were caught in the tidal surge at Wick Harbour.

Wick Harbour was left counting the cost of damage caused by gale force winds which battered the east coast of Caithness in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Winds of up to 70 mph caused giant waves to breach the harbour wall causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicles, roads and the port itself as the sea left a trail of debris.

Several roads around the area of Wick Harbour and Wick River were closed overnight on Friday following an extremely high tide combined with strong winds.

Several boats on hardstanding were damaged at the harbour and about a dozen cars were moved from a parking area near to the river when a strong surge breached the riverbank.

Several roads were blocked by debris thrown up by the waves.

Northern Constabulary have confirmed that Wick Service Bridge, The Shore, Harbour Quay and South Quay are closed until further notice.

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Read more in Wednesday's Caithness Courier



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