Lochranza hit by flash flood

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Parts of Lochranza were flooded on Wed­nes­day morn­ing when the Lochranza River that runs par­al­lel to the A841 burst its banks, writes Colin Smee­ton.

Through­out the area rivers and trib­u­taries, in­clud­ing the Loch a Mhuilinn which runs be­hind the Lochranza Dis­tillery, were in full spate and with the large num­ber of fallen leaves block­ing cul­verts and drains, the main road was swamped with the ris­ing flood­wa­ter.

The dip in the road near the Lochranza Out­door Cen­tre was the worst af­fected, with wa­ter reach­ing a depth of more than 30cm. The start of New­ton Road – lead­ing to the op­po­site side of the bay in the di­rec­tion of the Cock of Ar­ran – was com­pletely sub­merged, in­clud­ing Lochranza Med­i­cal Cen­tre, where the grounds re­sem­bled a lake and wa­ter com­pletely sur­rounded the build­ing. With lo­calised flood­ing reg­u­larly taking place in the area, all of the sur­round­ing build­ings, in­clud­ing the med­i­cal cen­tre, out­door cen­tre and the houses at the junc­tion of New­ton Road and the A841 are all slightly raised, which en­sured there was no se­ri­ous flood dam­age.

One car, how­ever, cut out as it was cross­ing the river and it had to be pushed up the road into a nearby layby to keep the road clear. The oc­cu­pants, three ladies and a gen­tle­man, rolled up their trousers and walked to dry ground, where they were given a lift home, less than a mile away.

The flood­ing co­in­cided with a par­tic­u­larly high tide but this had no bear­ing on the flooded area ow­ing to its dis­tance from the sea. In­stead, it is most likely that heavy rains in the sur­round­ing moun­tain area re­ceived a del­uge which flowed down along the Lochranza river and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The low-ly­ing land to­wards the east of the flooded area at the Lochranza camp­site and golf course were largely un­af­fected, with just a small por­tion par­tially sub­merged.

Roads were not closed and the A841 re­mained pass­able with a few ve­hi­cles seen mak­ing their way slowly along the main


Pas­sen­gers make their way to safety through the flood wa­ter.


The Lochranza Med­i­cal Cen­tre is com­pletely sur­rounded by flood­wa­ter.

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