Latest severe weather update in Argyll and Bute

Heavy snow fell on Bute on Friday and, combined with strong winds, interrupted the island's power supplies - although Bute appears to have escaped lightly in comparison with areas such as Argyll, Arran and Dumfries and Galloway. This Argyll and Bute Council gritting lorry came to grief in a ditch near Kingarth on Friday morning.
Heavy snow fell on Bute on Friday and, combined with strong winds, interrupted the island's power supplies - although Bute appears to have escaped lightly in comparison with areas such as Argyll, Arran and Dumfries and Galloway. This Argyll and Bute Council gritting lorry came to grief in a ditch near Kingarth on Friday morning.

Argyll and Bute Council is reporting that some communities on Bute may still be without electricity after Friday’s heavy snow and high winds wrought havoc across the council area.

Kintyre, Islay and Jura are still the worst affected areas of Argyll and Bute in terms of the interruption to power supplies.

The ‘power track’ function on Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution website (click on the link to the right of this article), which maps known problem areas, does not identify any specific parts of Bute which are without power, though at the time this article was published problems had been identified with supplies to Tighnabruaich, Kames and Kilfinan.

Rothesay’s electricity was cut off for almost two hours on Friday afternoon, though supplies were restored at 4.45pm in the town, with power coming back on in the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay areas at around 7pm.

The following statement was issued by the council on Saturday morning:

“The A83 remains closed at Clachan, Kintyre after yesterday’s heavy snow. Our teams are still on site working to clear this, supported by excavators at either side of the blockage.

“More heavy machinery arrived at Clachan this morning and we are doing everything we can to reopen the road as quickly and safely as possible. It is also important to make sure that power cables near the carriageway are safe.

“Our own snow plough/gritting vehicles, along with resources from Scotland Transerv, are ready to assist with further clearing and treatment when the route is opened up again. Gritters are also carrying road treatments in other areas.

“Weather was severe overnight and this is expected to continue throughout today, with winds of up to 60mph in places. This has meant that there are other issues across the roads network in Argyll and Bute, including fallen trees and accumulated/lying snow.

“All agencies involved are working together to prioritise these and deal with them as quickly and safely as possible.

“As more information becomes available we are updating our website and Twitter feed. You can also find more information at www.trafficscotland.org.

“Some communities across Argyll and Bute, including Kintyre, Islay, Jura and parts of Bute, have no electricity at the moment. Scottish and Southern Energy has sent 200 extra staff and generators to the area and every effort is being made to ensure that people have their power supply restored as quickly as possible. There is more information at www.ssepd.co.uk.

“A key priority for everyone is ensuring that vulnerable people in the community are safe, well and warm. Our teams are working very closely with NHS Highland, the police and other agencies to make sure that everyone is visited or contacted. Contingency arrangements are in place to make sure that people have food, heat and are well cared for.

“Everyone is working closely together to cope with the impact of the severe weather in Argyll and Bute communities and local companies have provided support and equipment.

“We would encourage people to look out for older or vulnerable people in their communities, especially elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.

“Our teams are liaising very closely with other agencies and we will continue to provide as much information as we can as soon as it is available. Please keep checking our website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk and our Twitter feed (@argyllandbute) for updates.”

* If you know of any parts of Bute where the power is still off please let us know by calling (01700) 502503 or, if you can, by commenting on this article or via our Facebook page (link also to the right of this article).