Dressing rooms flooded in Highland League ground following heavy rain

Buckie Thistle were due to play Huntly at Victoria Park.

Rainwater flooded into the changing rooms of a Highland League ground and forced a match to be called off.

Buckie Thistle were scheduled to host Huntly last night before the fixture was called off following heavy rain in the region.

Half of the pitch was submerged yesterday morning with the water also managing to seep into the dressing rooms.

Secretary David Pirie said: “The water came off the park and just ran down and gathered in front of the stand. It’s funny, usually we have problems at the other side.

“It built up in front of the stand and then ran down the tunnel. There’s about a six-inch step to get into the dressing rooms and it managed to come up over that too.”

Mr Pirie confirmed that no damage was caused inside the Victoria Park changing rooms.

Roads leading to the Moray town were also badly affected by the heavy rain with only one carriageway passable at parts of the A98 Fochabers road.

Moray Council made sandbags available from its Buckie depot as a precaution. The authority’s Gollachy recycling centre was forced to close temporarily due to flooding.

Buckie councillor Gordon Cowie said: “I think we have been really lucky. Findochty was pretty bad, but nobody needed rehomed.

“Everywhere got hit by the rain and it shows the flood schemes in Elgin, Lhanbryde and Rothes has been money well spent.”

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