Mainland road closures disrupt travel

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the Isles
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the Isles

Heavy rain falling yesterday, throughout the night and continuing today has had an impact on several areas of Trunk Road network across the North of Scotland with an estimated 100 mm of rain in some areas of North East Scotland in the last 24 hours.

BEAR Scotland’s emergency teams have dealt with fallen trees and several instances of flooding throughout the day.

The A835 from Ullapool has been closed for much of the day due to severe flooding at Leckmeln, South of Ullapool. This was caused when earth and rocks, washed off the adjacent forestry area, inundated three drainage culverts which then blocked. This then caused the road to flood.

A BEAR Scotland spokesperson said: “We were able to mobilise a large excavator which has been working to clear the culverts throughout the day. We provided emergency water and food to the drivers who chose to stay on site waiting for the incident to clear.

“The clearance of the culverts has been completed and the flood water is subsiding to allow the road to be inspected for damage and for a substantial amount of debris to be removed. Once this has been completed we will be able to advise on a time for reopening the route. We appreciate the disruption and are working hard to get it open again as soon as possible.”

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