Storm Frank breaks down Blue Toon wall

The wild weather during Storm Frank and its aftermath destroyed part of Peterhead harbour as a sea wall was swept away.

The North Brae Quarter was broken at the north breakwater wall, resulting in it crumbling away and falling into the sea.

Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) has reviewed the damage and are awaiting on a survey by Dutch engineering company Fugro to complete a survey before any repairs are completed, something which could take ‘a few months’.

PPA’s chief executive, John Wallace told the Buchanie: “We have undertaken our initial investigation to show that the berth is clear and any debris is clear.

“The brae is back in operation at the moment.”

The cost of any repairs will not be known until the aforementioned survey is complete.

The port authority became aware of the damage on Tuesday, January 12, but had wait for the strong winds to abate before beginning their assessment of the damage.

The harbour defences were heavily invested in to protect the Blue Toon from extreme waves following devastation in the area in December 2013.

Householders in the Roanheads area of Peterhead were forced to leave their homes after waves smashed through their windows and and fish factory Mapco was destroyed by the force of the waves. The defences mostly held against this year’s wild weather, with the damage to the North Brae Quarter, pictured above, being the only casualty.

Peterhead was largely unaffected, but other parts of the north-east were not so lucky. A number of rivers burst their banks across Aberdeenshire resulting in devastating flooding.