December 1, 2023

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Hefty rain brings about landslip at Rest and Be Thankful

Heavy rain causes landslip at Rest and Be Thankful

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Willie Stewart

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Geotechnical contractors say there is continue to movement on the hillside and it is unsafe to start out obvious-up functions

Several landslips have once more blocked the A83 Relaxation and Be Grateful just after hefty rainfall throughout Argyll.

Targeted visitors Scotland stated the local Aged Military Road, which has previously been utilised as an different route, had also been blocked. 

The incident occurred as Scotland was battered by heavy rain on Tuesday creating localised flooding.

About 65mm of rainfall is believed to have fallen at the Relaxation and Be Grateful over the training course of the working day.

The location has been plagued by landslips with £79.2m staying invested in the maintenance of the route due to the fact 2007.

In January the street was shut for two days right after becoming lined by 1,300 tonnes of particles.

Argyll and Bute Council has identified as for a long term option to the challenge.

Safety assessments

Professional geotechnical contractors have carried out first visual assessments from the roadside but original indications are that there is nonetheless motion on the hillside and it is unsafe to begin apparent-up functions or have out more assessments.

Both the A83 and Previous Army Highway will keep on being shut right away.

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The Rest And Be Grateful has been closed several periods because of landslips but this time the choice Outdated Military Street was also influenced

Safety assessments will resume at first gentle on Wednesday and a diversion route has been applied involving Tarbet and Cairndow via the A83, A82, A85 and A819. 

Non permanent targeted visitors lights are also in location on the A82 at Inveruglas following major rain also influenced a retaining wall pursuing a working day of complicated ailments.

Bear Scotland stated ferry service provider Western Ferries could accommodate diverted website traffic.

In March, Transport Scotland claimed £1.9m was currently being invested in the building of a new catch pit on the hillside to make improvements to the resilience of the critical route.

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A new catch pit on the A83 at the Relaxation and be Thankful was announced in March

The mitigation actions also bundled improved drainage and hillside planting.

Transport Scotland formerly stated perform carried out given that 2013 was estimated to have stored the A83 open for at least 48 times when it would in any other case have closed.

This includes the October 2018 event, the premier on report, which intercepted about 3,200 tonnes of material reaching the A83.

A yellow warning for hefty rain was issued by the Satisfied business for major and persistent rain from 06:00 and midnight on Wednesday.

The primary spots afflicted were Mid and North Argyll, Stirlingshire, Lochaber and Southern pieces of Skye.

The Scottish Natural environment Defense Company (Sepa) warned people to put together for probable flooding about rivers, and to assume surface h2o in places in the west of Scotland.

Unexpected emergency Products and services were termed to the Hillfoots in Clackmannanshire when Tillicoultry Burn burst its banks.

Fireplace crews helped people today evacuate flooded properties in the Hareburn Street area of the town.

In Lochwinnoch, fireplace crews had to push a vehicle through flood water on the A760 pursuing torrential rain.

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Hearth crews aid a vehicle out of flood drinking water in Lochwinnoch

Flood h2o masking the highway at Glen Fruin in Helensburgh was also posted on social media.

The hefty rain was expected to simplicity off right away.

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