Repairs team are going above and beyond

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Members of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) repairs team have been going above and beyond to help support flood victims in the aftermath of recent events.

DGHP’s Technical Inspector Graeme McShane, based in the west of the region, has been lending an extra hand to tenants affected by flooding last month. Graeme’s colleagues in the Stewartry and Dumfries have been doing the same.

While Graeme has been involved in the routine clean-up of tenants’ properties in Newton Stewart, he has also been supporting tenants to apply for grant funding made available from the local council.

Graeme said: “It’s been awful for those affected but we’re working with our tenants to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for them. Everyone has been very patient and are just ‘getting on with things’.

“I’ve been working with two families to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them out.”

One of the tenants affected in Newton Stewart said: “It was an awful experience. We just didn’t expect it and it’s been so hard to deal with.”

The woman, who has had to move out of the property, added: “Graeme, from DGHP, has been amazing. He has done everything he possibly can to help, even filling in the forms for us to apply for grant funding.

“He has made things so much easier for us and we are looking forward to getting back home.”

DGHP’s Vice Chairman, Robert Higgins from Stranraer, took some time out this week to visit the tenants affected and Graeme showed him the aftermath of events.

Robert said: “It’s been really hard for those who have been affected and now it’s all about the clear-up. Graeme has been doing a great job and hopefully the families will be back into their homes very soon.”

Works are now almost complete to the interior.