‘Next two hours are critical’, says flood group chief

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

River levels are expected to reach just over 3.2 metres at 1pm today (Wednesday) – and there could be flooding in lower Mansfield and Wilton Lodge Park around this time.

That’s according to flood group chairman Stuart Marshall, who spoke to the Hawick News at 11.30am.

He added: “We’re due to get a briefing from Scottish Borders Council at 1pm. And I think the next two hours will be critical for the town.”

Flood group members have been stood down following their deployment at 6am, and will reconvene ahead of the expected peak in river levels at 1pm.

Mr Marshall also said that the flood group was delighted with the “fantastic response” from the local community, including Hutton’s the Butcher and Hawick Autocare for their donations of pies, sausage rolls and bridies.

Councillor Watson McAteer said: “At the moment, Teviothead seems to be the area with a lot of water, and the farmer says he has never seen the burn run so heavy.”

“The bigger concern beyond Hawick, though, is what’s going to happen to the Tweed, as the combination of Peebles and the Teviot all come together.”

The rain is forecast to stop at 3pm.