Drone restores phone service
Openreach engineers used a drone to restore communications after a landslide cut off the remote village of Kinloch Hourn.
The team flew a cable over the safety exclusion zone around the landslide to the base of the Quoich Dam and connected it to the existing network. The team then walked three miles in torrential rain and hail to the nearest radio sub-station to make sure all six lines had a dial tone. The landslide on November 12 saw 9,000 tons of soil and rock crash 2,500ft onto the road below, completely destroying it. Highland Council estimates it will take several weeks to stabilise the hillside and begin clearance work on the road, which connects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn.