Flood chief: It was a very close shave

Hawick’s flood group chairman has spoken of his relief after the town escaped serious flooding this afternoon.

Stuart Marshall also praised the emergency services, council workers and flood group volunteers for a “real team effort”.

He said: “There was a real sense of relief on the faces of many townsfolk when the news broke that the River Teviot had peaked, and almost everyone who was evacuated has now returned to their homes.

“There was a real team effort by the police, council workers, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue and, of course, the volunteer flood group who were once again at the front of today’s operations. They did a sterling job sandbagging and helping our community put up their flood defences.”

The flood group was in action from 6am until 2.30pm and as the Teviot peaked around 1.30pm, Mr Marshall took the decision to stand them down an hour later.

He continued: “During the day both Councillor Watson McAteer and myself attended two conference calls with councillors from other towns, and the advice we received was relayed immediately to the volunteer group and evacuees.

“I can’t thank those who were evacuated enough for their patience and good humour and although information was slow at times in getting through, all of them deserve praise for the manner in which they coped with the situation.

“Our town escaped serious flooding today only by the skin of its teeth and I’m very relieved that there was no households or businesses affected and no one was injured.

“It was a very close shave indeed.”