Flood dam­age forces mill tea­room to shut

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

An Aberdeen­shire tea­room has been forced to close af­ter flood­wa­ter dam­aged the foun­da­tions.

A month’s rain fell on the re­gion in seven hours on Septem­ber 28 and Eden Water­mill near Tur­riff was so heav­ily hit, owner Elaine Bunce had to evac­u­ate guests from the build­ing.

A tree fell on the car park, nar­rowly miss­ing the build­ing and a gran­ite lade col­lapsed.

The build­ing has lain empty ever since and Mrs Bunce has been li­ais­ing with struc­tural engi­neers to see if it can be made safe again.

How­ever, the mill, which also fea­tures a gift shop and an art space, has now posted a mes­sage on its web­site con­firm­ing the com­pany will cease trad­ing.

It read: “Thank you for vis­it­ing Eden Water­mill.

“Sadly, af­ter the dam­age caused by the flood­ing on Septem­ber 28, we are no longer able to trade at the wa­ter mill and we have taken the de­ci­sion to close the busi­ness.

“Thank you to all our cus­tomers and friends who have sup­ported us since we opened.”

Mrs Bunce said she is con­tin­u­ing to hold some of the ac­tiv­i­ties at a dif­fer­ent venue and is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sup­port the busi­ness in its hour of need.

She said: “On ad­vice, we have left ev­ery­thing with the build­ing as it is for now and we are await­ing a visit from an en­gi­neer to check if the build­ing is safe.

“In the mean­time, our six-week wa­ter­colour class has had to change venue.”

De­scrib­ing the floods in Septem­ber, she said: “Part of the bank­ing was swept into the river next to the wa­ter mill. Peo­ple who have lived in the area all their lives said they have never seen it as bad as it was.”

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