“The islanders complain they are now totally cut off. Before the war the islanders could rely on a regular two vessel service, but this was withdrawn when the barrier was opened.” – Sunday Post 08.02.1948
Celebrating Scapa Flow 2023
To mark the 90th anniversary of the first flight from Inverness to Kirkwall – 8th May 1933 – the longest running passenger air service in Europe and the 78th anniversary of the opening of the Churchill Barriers – 12th May 1945, Another Orkney Production (AOP) have a series of events, Celebrating Scapa Flow 2023.
SEPA Flood Warning: Churchill Barriers
Road closures are possible around the time of high tide between 4am and 10am on Wednesday 1st February.
SEPA Updated Flood Alert
Churchill Barriers, Kirkwall, St Margaret’s Hope and Stronsay
Kirkwall Flood Gates OIC Roads Update
Latest forecasts show Kirkwall’s flood gates may be closed during the next 24 hours.
Weather Forecast: Strong to gale force westerly winds.
SEPA FLOOD WARNING for Churchill Barriers.
SEPA Flood Alert for Orkney
Flood alert for Orkney
The Churchill Barriers
It is thought that by 1943, 2000 workers were being employed with the construction of the barriers with 1300 of these being Italian Prisoners of War