Police: Don’t ignore road closed signs

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Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners continue to deal with the impact of significant flooding and high winds across the region.

Overnight, the Scottish Borders has experienced further rainfall which has been torrential in some areas. SEPA have reported that river levels remain steady but are rising in many areas as a result of persistent heavy rain. As a result, Borderers must remain vigilant and stay safe.

Hawick Police Inspector Carol Wood said: “There are a number of road closure signs in place across the Borders and it is an offence to ignore these.

“These signs are in place for a reason – and anyone who ignores these signs is simply putting themselves in unnecessary danger which may result in pulling valuable emergency services away from priority incidents. Please do not ignore road closed signs.”

Hawick update

Approximately 600 people were evacuated from around 300 premises in Hawick from early Saturday morning. A total of 47 people were accommodated in the rest centre in Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick from the early hours on Saturday morning. The rest centre remains in operation but for a very small number of residents remain in this rest centre.

The River Teviot’s highest level was 3.196m on Saturday.

In addition to the rest centre remaining open at Teviotdale Leisure Centre, the facility is also being set up to co-ordinate SBC and partners’ immediate response from 10am today.

Newcastleton update

Police Scotland led evacuations with colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on Saturday evening in Newcastleton. A rest centre was established in the village hall and 37 people were accommodated, with agencies aided by 14 volunteers. People are being able to return their homes as river levels have fallen.

Warnings in place

The Severe flood warning from SEPA remains in place for the rest of today (Sunday). A Red (Take Action) weather warning remains in place for rain until 7am for parts of the Borders. There is also an Amber (be prepared) warning for rain till 7am for the majority of the Borders which turns to Yellow (be aware) until 9am.

Roads

Twenty roads remain closed across the Borders due to flooding or falling trees/debris. Many roads are impassable in and around Hawick. The A7 south of the town remains closed due to flooding, a landslide and a fallen tree.

The full list is available from www.scotborders.gov.uk. Work is ongoing on these routes and updates are being provided on the website and via social media as they are available.

Staying safe

Rob Dickson, Gold Commander for the multi-agency response from SBC, said: “The impact of the severe weather remains significant and residents must not take any unnecessary risks despite thinking the weather may be improving.

“The advice is still to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary and although it may be tempting to get up close to swollen rivers, this is very dangerous. Residents must stay clear of riverbanks, bridges with high running water and be aware of footpaths, roads, fences, walls which may have been damaged by the flooding.

“We are continuing to liaise with our partners in the emergency services, and are also now preparing to lead the recovery among our communities.

“The response from communities in Hawick and Newcastleton was welcome and impressive.”