Staff are on flood alert

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

STAFF from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil were on the scene quickly when heavy rain­fall caused se­ri­ous flood­ing in Cowal at the week­end.

Teams from roads and amenity ser­vices were dis­patched to nine lo­ca­tions across the area, along with a team of con­trac­tors, to deal with the floods and help clear away dirt and de­bris that had washed onto public roads from higher ground.

Var­i­ous sec­tions of road sur­face and walls were dam­aged and drains were blocked as a re­sult. The worst af­fected area was Colin­traive, where a dig­ger was needed to clear the road.

Coun­cil em­ploy­ees will con­tinue to clear ma­te­rial from the blocked drains this week and any nec­es­sary re­pairs to road sur­faces and walls will be car­ried out in due course.

The flood­ing was the sec­ond weather in­ci­dent which caused dis­rup­tion in Ar­gyll and Bute last week. On Wed­nes­day Au­gust 23, coun­cil staff re­sponded when a gut­ter was washed out on Coll and a re­tain­ing wall col­lapsed on Mull as a re­sult of a thun­der and light­ning storm.

The coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for roads and amenity ser­vices, Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish, said: ‘The coun­cil staff did an ex­cel­lent job clear­ing the de­bris and en­sur­ing that the roads network was made safe. Although the rain ap­pears to have been very lo­calised, it was ex­tremely in­tense.

‘Th­ese hard work­ing, ded­i­cated staff went be­yond the call of duty in many re­spects and have done the coun­cil ex­tremely proud. Well done to ev­ery­one in­volved.’

Photo: Dun­can MacIn­tyre.

Flood­ing last Wed­nes­day at Colin­traive near the ferry ter­mi­nal.

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