Landslide and flooding closes roads in Scotland, UK

A87 slip
Work is under way to clear the landslide on the A87
A landslip has closed a road in the Highlands and several routes are affected by flooding after heavy rains swept over parts of Scotland.
 
The A87 Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh road has been closed at Cluanie. Engineers are at the site and a clean-up is under way.
 
The A84, A831 and the A832 have also been closed by flooding and surface water is affecting the A9.
 
More than 30 flood warnings are in place across Scotland.
 
The A87 landslide came after 158mm of rain fell in the area in the space of 36 hours. This saturated the slope above the road and caused about 100 tonnes of debris to slip down the hillside.
 
Engineers are working at the site but the road is likely to be closed all morning.
A84
Flooding and surface water are also affecting some routes
Police Scotland said the public should be “vigilant of persistent and heavy rainfall” through the weekend.
 
Richard Brown, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said: “Localised flooding of low-lying land and roads is expected, and there may be some disruption to travel. Flooding of individual properties in low-lying areas is also possible.”
 
Transport Minister Derek Mackay warned drivers to check conditions before they travel and leave some extra time for their journeys.
 
The heavy rain forms part of a weather mechanism known as the Foehn Effect, which has also seen temperatures in north east Scotland rise to 15C.
Courtesy of BBC News

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