Argyll and Bute

Published Date: 

16 Nov 2010 (All day)

The southerly winds which reached speeds of 65 mph, coupled with heavy rainfall and high tides, caused a variety of challenges across the area.

Hundreds of sandbags were issued from council depots during the day, as the prospect of flooding at high tide became increasingly likely.

Council staff were on hand both in the run-up to the worst of the weather, and at the height of the storm later that evening.

Among the issues they dealt with were:

Mid Argyll

Issuing sand bags in Lochgilphead and Tarbert.

Monitoring flooding at Tarbert’s Harbour Street and Lochgilphead’s front green.

Closing the B8024 outside Tarbert because of flooding and four fallen trees.

Clearing the tidal debris from coastal roads across the area.


Issuing sand bags at the Campbeltown’s Kinloch depot.

Closing the A83 Milknowe/Long Row and The Roading, both in Campbeltown, due to unstable roofs adjacent to the roads.

Clearing storm and tidal debris from the B842 at Southend near the cemetery, and the B843 at Machrihanish, along with other locations.


Distribute to and help and place sand bags at properties at Frederick Crescent, Port Ellen in the early afternoon, with high tide expected at 7pm.

Dispatch a crew late afternoon to monitor the situation until the tide had turned.

Inform ACHA of the threat to their properties, allowing them to send out two members of their local team to evaluate the situation and reassure residents.

Place sand bags at the Port Askaig pier buildings, and leave additional bags at the local hotel for use if necessary.

Clearing storm and tidal debris in several locations.

Bute and Cowal

Dealing with a collapsed sea wall on the C9 Ardentinny Road, and storm debris at the Gairletter caravan park on the same road.

Assessing damaged verge and seawall on the A815 at Toward and the C10 Loch Striven road. All seawall repair work on both this road and the C9 will start on Tuesday.

Close the B836 Glen Lean road at the head of Loch Striven.

Monitor the A815 at Sandbank Post Office, where 40sqm of surfacing was damaged. This was repaired on Monday.

Helensburgh and Lomond

Deal with a fallen tree on the Cardross road.

Monitor the flooding of the main car park in Helensburgh, which was clear by 6pm.

Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure, said: “We experienced severe coastal flooding throughout the area, caused by the high tides, strong winds and heavy rain.

“We did have some warning of likely problems, and had taken all preventative measures we could within the time we had.

“However, despite the sterling efforts of our teams across the region, some locations nevertheless suffered flooding and other damage.

“In several cases, members of our roads and amenity services team were on hand during the worst of the weather to try and minimise the damage. Where this was not possible, staff were out the next day to assess what, if anything, needed to be done.

“I am sure the communities of Argyll and Bute would want to join with me in congratulating the team for their efforts in what were extremely challenging circumstances. Without them, the consequences of the storm would have been significantly worse.”