ENGINEERS WERE this week battling to reopen railways and roads in Inverness damaged by the weekend's flash floods.
As NCE went to press, Railtrack maintenance contractor First Engineering had reopened one of the two Inverness-Perth railway lines blocked by 14 landslides.
Railtrack said extensive repair work would be needed as floodwaters had washed away large sections of track.
Trunk road maintenance contractor Bear Scotland was also assessing damage caused to the A82 trunk road at Abriachan, which was blocked by five landslides. Bear, a joint venture between Babtie, Ennstone Thistle and Ringway, runs 2,300km of trunk roads in north east and north west Scotland.
Bear Scotland was also investigating the A9 slip road at Raigmore, where a major gas main had been exposed.