Flurry of praise for helpers

PRAISE has flooded in for the volunteers, emergency services and members of the public who toiled tirelessly in the brutal storm at the weekend.

Some were on the roads for 48 hours straight, digging, gritting and providing hot food and blankets to the stranded.

Jennifer Hodgson, whose husband was stuck in his car at Palnure, said: “I was in Carlisle but we were in contact through mobile phones until David’s battery died, and I have to say a massive thanks to the man who gave David his phone to keep while he himself was off clearing the road. I’d have been a mess if I hadn’t been able to speak to him. I believe he worked for the council so thanks and I’m sorry for crying down the phone!”

Cree Valley Community Council chairman John McNaught said: “I visited the emergency centre which had been set up overnight in the McMillan Hall on Friday and was amazed at the terrific work that the emergency services and social work were carrying out. The people concerned who worked relentlessly through the evening, night and most of Saturday are to be congratulated for the great way they conducted their assistance to hundreds of stranded travellers throughout the emergency.

“I took the opportunity on Saturday morning to talk to some of those using the facilities which had been provided and everyone I spoke to had nothing but praise for the help that they had received in their hour of need and for the professional and organised but friendly way that it had been carried out.

“I would also add my thanks on behalf of the community council as this emergency has again shown how people in the community pull together to help others when assistance is required and also shows what a great community spirit exists in the area.”

Angela Clanachan added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the guys and gals who work on the farms that have helped out and towed cars out and have cleared the roads.”

Kay Richardson Sharkey said: “Galloway Mountain Rescue did a fab job for all those stranded between Creetown and Palnure. I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to them.”