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Islanders on Baleshare are asking…are the national and local authorities waiting for a disaster to happen…or are they simply abandoning Baleshare?

Videos are showing the causeway almost entirely underwater in recent storms.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil is stressing once again the urgent need to raise the height of Baleshare causeway which is the island's only link to North Uist for its population of around 60 people.

Mr MacNeil said: “The islands were hit by very high winds over the weekend which are continuing this week and once again, there are problems with access at Baleshare causeway.

“The causeway between Baleshare and North Uist has been a concern for a long time. It becomes a more nervous concern when we have weather like this, and the causeway can get swamped with high tides.

"People have the obvious pressures of getting backwards and forwards to their homes, to work and of course the emergency services.

“It really is unacceptable that we have this situation at Baleshare where basically it is fingers-crossed time in weather like this and high tides.

“In a world that goes on about safety all the time, the one place that seems to be really neglected is the causeway and Baleshare.”

Mr MacNeil will continue to press Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government to come to a resolution to raise the height of the causeway.

Pictured above is the Western Isles Labour Party candidate for the Westminster Parliament Torcuil Crichton during a visit in February to the causeway, here seen at low tide.

Torcuil said it was "great to meet islanders campaigning for the upgrade of Baleshare causeway. The road linking the island to Uist was constructed in 1962 and just isn’t safe anymore.

"Higher tides and stronger winds leave the causeway regularly flooded and closed, endangering residents and hampering health, emergency and social care services.

"See the Communities fight for replacement of unsafe Baleshare Causeway for the worrying footage and join their campaign.

"Over 50 years the Western Isles had a great record for joining the islands chain together. This is the weak link and it needs to be fixed."

Above is the Scottish Environmental Protection Agencies view of the area at risk from storm flooding, extending far beyond the causeway. 

One resident commented: "I thought it must be an exaggerated area going as far over as our folks’ croft but sure enough half of it was under water this morning, flooded so that the far side was completely cut off."

Commenting on the Communities fight for replacement of unsafe Baleshare Causeway Facebook page, Islanders are highly critical of the lack of police, Coastguard or Comhairle nan Eilean Siar presence during the recent storms. One stated:"I'm meant to be working but causeway still under water one-and-a-half hours after high tide so I've had to come back home. Fortunately for me, I know the dangers and know not to cross but with no police or coastguard at the causeway anyone without knowledge of how flooded the road gets could be in real danger!"

As recently as 500 years ago, inhabited land is believed to have reached more than nine miles further out to sea linking North Uist to the Monach Isles.