The village of Port William was just one of the shoreline communities affected by the tidal surge that engulfed the coastline of Galloway on Friday after high tides and storm force winds overwhelmed sea defences.
Villagers living in Main Street were evacuated as the tide rose and rose towards its high point at 1.30pm. By mid afternoon much of the main road into the village was submerged as the spray from the waves lashed windows upstairs and down.
By evening the road out of the village to the north was closed and the crew of the village’s volunteer lifeboat, PIRSAC, were called out to clear dozens of boulders off the road after the “battery wall” protecting Main Street crumbled away. Sandbags were used to shore up the doors of houses facing the sea as the water level rose relentlessly.
By the following morning the extent of the damage became clear. Properties in Main Street were flooded at the front, while homes in South Street, with their backs to the sea, had parts of their gardens ripped away by the sheer force of the tide. Walls had collapsed and cellars were flooded.