Hawick flooding ‘potentially worse’ than Storm Desmond episode

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Scottish Borders Council (SBC) opened the Emergency Planning Bunker at 8.30am this morning to deal with the impact of heavy rain on the area.

A multi-agency team including the Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are co-ordinating the response to this ongoing incident.

A low-level yellow warning was issued during the night however significant heavy rain mainly in the South East of the Borders was experienced.

This rain is easing and is due to pass by midday, but river levels will continue to rise throughout the morning.

Due to rising river levels and risk to property, emergency rest centres have been established in Hawick and Jedburgh.

Residents in affected areas of both towns will be advised to evacuate by Police Scotland. They are welcome to attend the rest centres at Teviot Leisure Centre in Hawick and Jedburgh Town Hall.

Residents in Commercial Road, Mansfield Road, Duke Street, Teviot Crescent, Noble Place, Buccleuch Street, Sandbed and the Haugh in Hawick are also being advised to move vehicles and take precautions to protect properties.

The information we have just now is that the flooding in Hawick could potentially be worse than that experienced during Storm Desmond on 4/5 December.

Pupils at Trinity Primary School in Hawick were relocated to Teviot Leisure Centre during the morning due to the rising river levels and potential for flood water to affect the school’s boiler room.

A number of routes across the area are affected by flooding and standing water and motorists are advised to drive with caution.

Routes around Hawick and Jedburgh are particularly badly affected and people should avoid these areas if at all possible.