Storm unleashes havoc

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Houses and the quarry at Bonawe have been cut off after last night’s storm.

Torrential rain wreaked havoc, leaving the road just beyond the village impassable.

Running like a river at Bonawe.


Storm damage at Bonawe.

Banks along the route burst, boulders and branches fell across the road. A blocked culvert saw a burn rerouted along the narrow road. One Facebook post reported a house being flooded and half a shed and its contents being washed away. Nearby, Gaynor Anglesea said her drive had ‘gone’ in the mayhem.

Photographs and footage taken from the scene at Bonawe earlier today were sent to The Oban Times by Rosy Thompson.

Last night parts of Combie Street in Oban were also flooded, including some of  its closes. The Tesco roundabout was also under water for sometime.

In town the Bealach an Righ was flooded at Croft Road and water was rising around cars left at Lochavullin car park.

A big flood was also reported before the bend at the Halfway House filling station,  towards Dunbeg, with rocks on the road from a small landslide.

Out towards Kilmore, Kilninver and Seil rainwater gathered on the roads flooding in patches and making driving treacherous. Rubble washed down from the hills was strewn across routes, along with branches and other debris brought onto the road by the storm, adding to the hazardous conditions.

This morning some businesses in Oban remained closed because of damage. McColl’s convenience store in George Street had to stay closed while staff cleaned up after flooding.

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful reopened shortly after 8am today, with all traffic now using the trunk road under traffic light control.

Motorists were diverted to use the Old Military Road local diversion route from 7pm last night as a safety precaution.

A drier period is now forecast until the weekend and it is anticipated that operation of the A83 will be maintained under traffic signal control in the coming days subject to weather and hillside conditions.

Teams continue to monitor conditions in the area and will remain on standby ready to implement convoy operations on the A83 or Old Military Road diversion route should it be needed.

Further heavy rain is expected over the weekend.