IN PICTURES: Volunteer appeal follows Bute emergency ‘close call’

The man in charge of delivering Bute’s community emergency plan wants to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in the event of the plan having to be put into action.

Ronnie Falconer contacted The Buteman after a close call on the afternoon of December 30, when flooding in the centre of Rothesay and along the Ardbeg shore was only narrowly avoided.

Rothesay's promenade partially under water at high tide on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)

Rothesay's promenade partially under water at high tide on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)

Mr Falconer retired last year after a professional career as a chartered civil engineer in which he specialised in flood mitigation and climate adaptation.

“On this occasion it was not an emergency,” he said, “but it demonstrated that as a community we are now better prepared than we were to respond to an emergency and become more resilient.”

Anyone who would like to join the 50 or so existing emergency volunteers should contact Bute Advice Centre in Bishop Street on (01700) 502784.

The centre is also compiling a list of people who think they might need help in the event of an emergency due to weather, power cuts, flooding or other circumstances: again, to register, contact Bute Advice Centre on the number above.

* The pictures in the slideshow at the top of this story were all taken by Mr Falconer on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30.

* More on this story in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 7.