Lessons learned from floods, says council

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Lessons have been learned from this week’s floods in Oban, says Argyll and Bute Council, as the town braces itself for Storm Callum.

As many small portable pumps as were available for hire in the town have been used to pump out the area around Lochavullin.

And in readiness for Friday, the council is now procuring larger portable pumps from farther afield to provide a higher volume back up to the permanent pumping system.

Water levels at Lochavullin are now down to between three and five inches on the road and it should be reopened later this evening.

‘What we have learned over the past few days will help us as we look at what we can do for future flood alleviation. There is no obvious solution, given the coastal location and low lying land,’ said a spokesperson for Argyll and Bute council.

‘Over the weekend, we would encourage people to keep an eye on the weather forecast by checking metoffice.gov.uk or floodline.sepa.org.uk/ floodupdates.

‘Please look out for family, friends and neighbours, particularly those who are older, pay attention to travel warnings and stay safe,’ added the spokesperson.