Trunk roads operator BEAR to tackle Invergarry drains problem this week

One of the overflowing drains in Invergarry photographed earlier this week by a local resident. NO-F14-Invergarry-drains-01.jpg
One of the overflowing drains in Invergarry photographed earlier this week by a local resident. NO-F14-Invergarry-drains-01.jpg

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Trunk roads operator BEAR Scotland has said it intends tackling a recurring issue of drains in Invergarry overflowing during wet weather.

There were further complaints from residents this week when heavy rain saw water bubbling up from drains along the A87 trunk road where it runs through the village, especially close to the local primary school.

One local resident told us this week: ‘These drains are always blocked and overflow when there is heavy rainfall. This week water has been running down both sides of the road as a result and the overflowing drain on the road just below the school causes problems for the pupils getting into the school.’

Asked to comment, BEAR Scotland told the Lochaber Times: ‘We are aware of some drainage issues on the A87 in Invergarry following the recent heavy rainfall affecting the area and have works arranged this week to improve the operation of the drainage system.’

Local Highland Council member Ben Thompson (Caol and Mallaig) told us: ‘I have raised the A87 through Invergarry many times with BEAR over the last few years, including those drains, which are an issue far too often.

‘BEAR has been able to sort some problems along the road, and I think the community is very grateful for work done like the layby by the post office.

‘I will be asking BEAR again to clear the drains properly as they especially affect residents who live on the lower side of the road.’