SLIDESHOW: Wind and high tides on Bute - in pictures

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This selection of still pictures shows some of the evidence of the high tides and strong winds which hit Bute - along with most of the western half of the UK - on Friday, January 3.

The island escaped relatively unscathed compared to other parts of the country, but there were still plenty of dramatic pictures to be had as the tide reached a peak of 4.9 metres - a metre higher than predicted - at around 1.15pm.

Sandbags were distributed to householders in Pointhouse Crescent in Port Bannatyne after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood warning for the area on Thursday evening, though in the event the water level did not quite reach the levels which had been feared.

The island’s ferry links were badly hit, with no service on either the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay or Rhubodach-Colintraive routes until well after the high tide had passed: sailings across the Kyles did not commence until 3pm, while there was only one return crossing from Rothesay, and that was diverted to Gourock instead of Wemyss Bay.

In Rothesay itself the town’s promenade was submerged long before the high tide mark was reached, but the seafront flood defences largely did their job. Some sea water did make its way into the town’s drainage system, leading to floods at a number of street corners, and Victoria Street, Albert Place and Montague Street were closed as a precaution, but there were no reports to police of any serious damage as a result of the water.




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