Clean-up under way after storms wreak havoc

This picture was trending on Twitter after the storms - it's by Claire McGonagle who said she was 'playing spot the seawall'
This picture of Helensburgh seafront was trending on Twitter after the storms – it’s by Claire McGonagle who said she was ‘playing spot the seawall’

Scores of council workers braved the bad weather to keep roads clear and fight flooding during severe storms over the last week.

Argyll and Bute was battered by weather over the weekend, with tidal surges causing some flooding in coastal towns.

Train and ferry services were cancelled for long periods, and conditions were hazardous on many roads.

The council deployed more than 80 roads and amenity staff (amounting to over 650 man hours) over the weekend as well as 30 vehicles, with over 2000 sandbags made available.

Huge mounds of debris were washed up - this is the scene by Loch Long at Arrochar
Huge mounds of debris were washed up – this is the scene by Loch Long at Arrochar

In Helensburgh, some of the material protecting the Henry Bell monument was washed away but council staff were on hand to add material and sandbag the plinth above the foundation.

Sections of the sea wall on Alexandra Parade, Dunoon, washed away, damaging railings and the footpath. The council is currently carrying out an assessment of the damage and it is hoped that the repair will be a fairly straightforward one.

A council spokesperson said that overall the amount of physical damage to the road network had not been severe.

And Donald Kelly, policy lead for customer support, said: ‘’Council workers put in a great effort over the weekend keeping our road network open in what were very challenging conditions

“We were well prepared, with the right resources ready in the right places. The feedback I have received from the public has been overwhelmingly positive

“The clean-up operation is underway, with the main focus being on public safety – making sure the road network is fully operational.

“Beyond that, the need to tidy up the general debris is something our guys are aware of and will be addressing in due course, dependant on the weather.

“With more bad weather forecast, there’s little point in a mass clear up just now as we may have to do it again next week.’’

Seaweed deposited along coastal roads will be sent to landfill – it cannot be recycled as it is contaminated with other debris.

The damage at Alexandra Parade in Dunoon.
The damage at Alexandra Parade in Dunoon.

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