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Flooding in Shandon     

For many years several properties on the hillside in Shandon between Chapel Burn and Kirk Brae Burn have suffered from very wet gardens. Initially it was attributed to one of the joys of living on a hill. It was noticably getting worse but this was attributed to excessive rain.

However  the true souce of the problem emerged on October 24th 2019 when the QTS Group, one of UKs leading rail contractors, working for Network Rail  discovered that a pipe taking the Chapel Burn under the MOD embankment was blocked with trees roots,  stones and other debris including a large blue barrel. When this was removed it emerged that the pipe had collapsed. This is the cause of all the wet gardens down hill. 

Since then Network Rail have worked hard to mitigate the flooding, not totally successfully as the images below clearly show,  but there is no time line for a permanent solution. 

Link to an article in Lochside Press on December 14th 2019 which shows some earlier images. 

The origins of the problem goes back to WW2  when the Government of the day decided that the deep water port at Faslane would be used for the shipment of arms and ammunition from the USA  for the war effort. A spur was constructed carrying a double line from the West Highland Line near Stuckenduff into the port. The line was in use until the 1980s, latterly to transport scrap metal from the ship breakers at Faslane.  When the lines were removed it became a place for dog walkers. This link gives a fuller history of the line and some interesting pictures.  Before the flooding of the last 3 months the path along the old railway line was very well used. 

 Many more pictures to post! (Images provided by Tim Henderon)

If you click on the first image , it will expand and you will be able to click through the rest of the images in enlarged format via the arrow on the right,  albeit without the captions.

February 21st- late afternoon
February 21st- late afternoon
At 17.43 when 24mm of rain had fallen since 00.00. Water is flowing very fast along the driveway of Rosemount Cottage
February 21st
February 21st
Floodwater flowing in a river along the driveway of Rosemount Cottage
February 21st
February 21st
Kirk Brae burn. Flood watercoming out of pipe and flowing off the MoD embankment
February 21st
February 21st
Flooded top of the MoD Embankment
February 21st
February 21st
Floodwater flowing off the MoD embankment
February 21st
February 21st
Flood water at the back walls and gates of Letrault and Ardchapel
February 21st
February 21st
Service road between Ardchapel and Letrault
You can see the water entering the road from the the driveway of Letrault. It also enters through the wall of Letrault.
February21st
February21st
Letrault driveway at entrance, rutted by flood water
February 20th
February 20th
Following a night of heavy rain, 7.6mm in 8.5 hours, there was a flood of water coming down driveway of Rosemount Cottage
February 20th
February 20th
Fllodwater coming down the path from Chapel Burn and runnning across the embankment into Kirk Brae burn
February 20th
February 20th
South of the Kirk Brae burn, water flowing out of the base of the MoD embankment and flowing down and through the wall into the garden of Rosemond Cottage
February 20th
February 20th
At Chapelburn the pond was full and flood water was flowing across the MoD embankment and down to Ardchapel and Letrault back walls. Only one 6ich pump was discharging water to Chapel burn, probably from the bottom of the pond.
February 20th
February 20th
Floodwater running off and out of the MoD embankment and down to Letrault and Ard Chapel
February 15th
February 15th
The pond is very full and only two pumps are working
February 15th
February 15th
Water flooding down the embankment to the Shandon properties
February 15th
February 15th
February 15th
February 15th
Within the Garden at Ardchapel
February 15th
February 15th
February 14th
February 14th
Two 6inch pumps are running with one sucking from inlet culvert and other sucking from manhole in pond. The pond is part full and the pump is not visible
February 14th
February 14th
One of the 6inch discharge hoses ends halfway down the embankment and the discharged water is running down the embankment spreading out as it goes.
 February 9th
February 9th
Flood water on the service road coming out of the bottom wall of Letrault, Letrault Lane, Amberwood and Garemount
February 9th
February 9th
Two of the pumps are not working
February 9th
February 9th
Extensive Flooding across embankment from path between Kirk and Chapel Burns
February 9th
February 9th
Water flooding over the embankment
February 2nd
February 2nd
Flood water coming off and out of MoD embankment
February 2nd
February 2nd
Floodwater backed up against back wall of Ardchapel
February 2nd
February 2nd
Backed up flood water draining under Ardchapel gate and on down to the burn
February 2nd
February 2nd
Water running into Ardchapel through the gate in the previous picture.
February 1st
February 1st
Flood water flowing under fence, across embankment and down to Shandon properties
February 1st
February 1st
Front entrance to Letrault on the service road(old A814) showing driveway stones washed out by the flood
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