Region at ‘significant risk’ of more floods

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The Met Office has issued an Amber (Be Prepared) early weather warning for rain for Wednesday, which at this time is expected to impact on large parts of the western Scottish Borders.

Information at this early stage indicates a significant risk that the rainfall, falling on saturated ground, could cause river levels in some areas to reach and potentially exceed those experienced earlier this month during Storm Desmond (December 5-6).

Jim Fraser, Scottish Borders Council’s emergency planning officer, said: “The risk is very much dependent on the level of rainfall and where it falls, and at this stage there is still a degree of uncertainty in respect of these details, and also the timing of the rainfall.

“However, I would urge all Borderers to be vigilant and keep an eye on the Met Office and SEPA websites for updates on the weather and flood warnings. People should be preparing for the impact of this forecasted heavy rain as early as possible, which will help to mitigate the impacts when it actually arrives.”

Due to the risk associated with this forecasted heavy rainfall an emergency planning meeting will take place tomorrow (Monday) morning including SBC officials, the Met Office, SEPA and partners, including Police Scotland.

This will allow the council and partners to start to put in place measures to deal with any impact this weather may have on local communities.