Heavy rain causes landslide and severe flooding in parts of Scotland

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Heavy flooding has hit parts of Scotland as rain and strong winds have also caused travel disruption across the country.

Oban appears to have been the worst town affected, with water building up in car parks and across roads.

A landslip at the at the Rest And Be Thankful – also in Argyll and Bute – saw the A83 closed in both directions leading to an almost 60-mile diversion.

Road operators said debris had been caught in one of the recently installed landslip mitigation fences across the bottom of the slope above the A83 but the road needs to be checked before it can reopen.

It had been suggested a shorter diversion along the Old Military Road could be opened once the road is assessed, however it was found to be too unsafe in the heavy rainfall.

BEAR Scotland said the A83 Rest and Be Thankful would remain closed overnight for safety reasons.

It said that prolonged heavy rain throughout Tuesday has prevented teams from safely accessing the slope to investigate the potential for any further landslips and they are now planning to access the slope above the carriageway at first light on Wednesday to carry out a full geotechnical inspection and evaluate its stability, before clear-up operations can get under way.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s north west network manager, said: “Teams have been working hard in very challenging conditions today to try and assess the extent of the landslips affecting the Rest and Be Thankful, however heavy rain is making it difficult for teams to assess the likelihood of any further occurrences elsewhere on the slope, with approximately 75mm of rain recorded at the Rest and Be Thankful today alone.

“The specialist debris fencing has prevented the vast majority of material from reaching the roadside, however some debris has spilled onto the carriageway below with some reaching the Old Military Road.

“Safety continues to be our top priority and until we are completely satisfied that no further material will come down the hillside, the A83 and Old Military Road will remain closed.”

Western Ferries announced it would be running a four-vessel service to keep traffic moving between Argyll and Inverclyde while the road was closed.

Elsewhere, motorists faced delays after a four-car crash on the westbound M8 at Arkleston and a further collision involving four vehicles restricted travel on the approach to the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow.

There was a lane closure on the eastbound A92 near Cowdenbeath in Fife, again due to a four-vehicle incident.

Flood warnings were in place in Strathglass and Strath Oykel in the north, and a further nine flood alerts covered areas including central Scotland, Tayside and Dumfries and Galloway.

A yellow Met Office warning for heavy rain was in place throughout Tuesday in west and central Scotland, the Highlands and Islands, Tayside and Fife.

ScotRail services were disrupted between Glasgow Central and Ayr due to a tree affecting overhead wires at Elderslie in Renfrewshire.

Some ferry sailings were disrupted or cancelled due to the weather, including services from Mallaig and Armadale.

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