PHOTO SPECIAL: Oban floods with ‘more to come’

Flooding hits the car park at Lochavullin

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Roads resembled rivers and car parks looked like lochs today as parts of Oban bore the brunt of heavy downpours after a rain-lashed weekend.

Some local businesses on Mill Lane – neighbouring the Lochavullin industrial estate – arrived at work today to find more than a foot of floodwater as outdoor compounds were breached and even shop floors saturated.

Flooding this morning at Hire & Supplies in Mill Lane, Oban, which remains open.
Water way to start the week

Despite Sunday being the first official day of British summertime, it could have been a wet weekend in November as the town saw a ‘perfect storm’ – a high spring tide in the bay which met a rain-choked Black Lynn in spate.

However, Argyll and Bute Council has said that its pumping system to get rid of excess water was activated.

A spokesperson said: ‘The pumps are set to operate automatically. We went out at 8.30am this morning (Monday) to check they were working, and indeed they were.

‘They can cope with reasonable quantities of water, but the volume experienced, as forecast, combined with high tides has been exceptional.’

The rain-swollen Black Lynn
The Black Lynn rises with the water having nowhere to go
The drains could not cope with all the water

It saw the system back up and left the water with nowhere to go as manhole covers gushed with overflows and the Black Lynn partly submerged trees and touched the underside of some local footbridges.

Once again, a key junction to the Lochavullin estate and retail park came off worst.

The mini-roundabout where Lochavullin Drive, Lynn Road and Lochavullin Road all converge was entirely submerged.

4×4 time as flooding hits the Lochavullin mini roundabout

Motorists attempting to enter the estate from Lynn Road were turned round as the road was officially closed, leaving car parks on the retail park noticeably emptier than usual, although others braved the visit.

Opposite Tesco, the large public car park and coach park area was also covered with water – catching some parked cars out.

It had started to recede quickly and Argyll and Bute Council officials were present to keep an eye on the situation.

No way through as traffic on Lynn Road is turned away on Monday morning.
Grit and bear it – the debris left behind.

Drivers across the district and further afield were faced with treacherous road conditions throughout the day.

On the outskirts of Oban, water topped Loch Nell closing off the single-track that runs along it and making the road impassable. The river burst its banks on both sides of the bridge at Kilninver bridge. Connel backroad was also flooded. Water was  running down many streets in Oban, including at Glencruitten and Mossfield. A lot of standing water between the Halfway House Service Station at Dunbeg and Oban was also making driving very difficult and Traffic Scotland alerted motorists to the A85 being closed in both directions earlier between Crianlarich and Lix Toll road.

The Met Office this morning issued a further warning for heavy rain.

It said the downpours could continue now until Wednesday morning – having previously warned they would end by Tuesday.

And tonight, a four-metre high spring tide is due in at 6.22pm on top of all the rain which has fallen today.

The downpours have also coincided with a meeting tonight of Oban Community Council which is expected to see questions raised about the town’s inability to cope with the severe weather.

Businesses remained open despite the difficulties for motorists.