Alex Rowley, deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, toured the flood-hit areas of Hawick yesterday (Monday) and said the damage was “clearly devastating”.
Talking to the Hawick News, Mr Rowley, who was joined by Provost Stuart Marshall and Kenryck Lloyd –Jones, Labour list candidate for South of Scotland, during his visit, said: “Having seen things first hand it’s pretty clear that the level of damage done by these floods is devastating both on a personal level to those affected and on an economic level for the wider communities.
“We need to evaluate all flood measures that are currently in place, how effective they are and what more needs to be done. I’m also clear that local councils cannot be responsible on their own to finance flood defences and I’m calling on the Scottish Government to work in partnership with councils to undertake the reviews and make resources available where action is required.”
Provost Marshall said: “The Scottish Government has made a commitment to have flood defences in place by 2019 but that’s three years away and it’s crucial that something is done about it now. In short, action speaks louder than words.”
Mr Lloyd-Jones said: “Seeing the damage caused in Hawick brings home the real and increasing dangers of flooding and the devastating impact on families, homes and businesses.
“We must have a properly funded and planned flood prevention programme and a timescale to put them into effect in all affected regions of Scotland,”