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Abandoned to the wrath of Mother Nature: Three weeks on, cars remain stranded in debris of 6,000 tonne landslip which shut a key highland road


From a distance, they look perhaps like a young child’s toys carelessly flung into the mud at the bottom of a garden.

But these cars were swept away and stranded by a major landslip three weeks ago.

More than 6,000 tons of debris slid onto the A816 near Ardfern on the Craignish peninsula in Argyll on October 7.

Ten people were airlifted to safety after they were trapped in their vehicles.

But three weeks on, the road remains blocked by the landslip, with motorists travelling between Oban and Lochgilphead facing a 22-mile detour.

Cars remain trapped after a landslide on the A816 near Ardfern three weeks ago and the road is still closed in the area

Cars remain trapped after a landslide on the A816 near Ardfern three weeks ago and the road is still closed in the area

It comes as those in areas ­devastated by Storm Babet fear they will be ‘engulfed’ again as torrential rain is ­forecast for the weekend.

A yellow weather warning is in force for ­Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, and Perth and Kinross – most of which saw prolonged downpours cause major disruption for residents, including flooding, during Storm Babet. 

More misery is expected today with the latest forecast ­warning that ‘significant flooding impacts’ are likely in the north-east. 

More torrential rain is forecast this weekend in areas still devastated by Storm Babet

More torrential rain is forecast this weekend in areas still devastated by Storm Babet 

Gavin Nicol, a councillor in Brechin – the town worst affected by Babet – said: ‘If there is another flood I don’t know what we are going to do. We are afraid it will swamp and engulf us again.’

Scots also face travel disruption with trains and bus cancellations north of the Central Belt.



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