Oban weath­ers the flood­ing from au­tum­nal storms

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

It has been a tor­rid week in Oban as the town cen­tre was sub­jected to sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing as the weather closed in.

Par­tic­u­larly se­verely hit was the Lochavullin Re­tail Park, where cars be­came sub­merged, lor­ries and buses were stranded, and shops, in­clud­ing Home­base, found them­selves un­der wa­ter.

How­ever, as we re­port this week, there have been nu­mer­ous other in­ci­dents of flood­ing, in­clud­ing that of Hugh Carmichael, whose home in Soroba Road found it­self swamped as the Black Lynn rose and burst its banks.

There were also a num­ber of road ac­ci­dents, some in part at least at­trib­ut­able to the weather.

As ever, when de­vel­op­ments of this kind oc­cur, we ex­pect out emer­gency ser­vices to re­spond and they did so again this week with their cus­tom­ary self­less­ness and gal­lantry. The uni­formed ser­vices were aug­mented in no small mea­sure by other pub­lic ser­vants, in­clud­ing those work­ers for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil who toiled to re­store nor­mal­ity.

There have been calls for more to be done to pre­vent a re­peat of the flood­ing seen this week but it is dif­fi­cult to know how that can be achieved.

The in­un­da­tion across the Lochavullin area, in par­tic­u­lar, was caused by a num­ber of fac­tors, not the least of which was ex­cep­tion­ally per­sis­tent and heavy rain, cou­pled with high tides and the Black Lynn burn be­ing full.

Calls for pumps to be made avail­able are un­der­stand­able but beg the ques­tion: to where ex­actly is the flood wa­ter to be pumped?

When the streets and Black Lynn are in­un­dated, it is dif­fi­cult to iden­tify where the ex­cess wa­ter could go.

We owe a debt of grat­i­tude to those who worked to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem but there is a de­bate to be en­tered into to find ways to pre­vent a rep­e­ti­tion.

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