Views sought on Oban Flood Study

Published Date: 

21 Jan 2019 - 16:39
A view looking over the town to Oban Bay

People in Oban are being invited to have their say on their experiences and issues on flooding in the town.

A second drop-in session is being held for community, offering an opportunity for local people to contribute to the future management of flooding in the area.

The first consultation was in June 2018.  Since then severe flooding occurred on the 9 October, brought about by an estimated 117mm of rainfall occurring over the course of three days.  This caused widespread flooding in the Lochavullin area as well as other parts of the town.  Local residents and businesses experienced significant damages and disruption.

Local accounts and photographs from the October flood would be valued to inform the ongoing Flood Study being carried out by Argyll and Bute Council, together with EnviroCentre Ltd. 

The Met Office has recently updated climate change projections.  Under certain high emissions scenarios, extreme tidal levels are predicted to rise by up to 0.5 metres along the local coastline by the year 2080. Similarly, more extreme flood flows in drainage systems and watercourses are predicted.

Future flood prevention plans are likely to look at how the wider water course contributes to what might, at first glance, appear to be localised flooding. Future plans will focus on sustainability, adaptation and resilience over the long term.

The event will take place in the Rockfield Centre, Oban, on Wednesday 30 January, from 11am-5:30pm.  For anyone who cannot attend, information or suggestions can be emailed to ObanFRM@envirocentre.co.uk.

The council’s Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, Councillor Roddy McCuish said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to have their say on plans that will help to minimise flooding and benefit the whole community.

“The views of our residents are vital, so it is really important that as many people as possible attend.”