Saturday’s deluge heightens flood fears in West End

Councillor Davie Paterson
Councillor Davie Paterson

RESIDENTS in Longcroft Crescent came perilously close to being flooded following Saturday afternoon’s torrential downpour.

And they are now demanding action from Scottish Borders Council to prevent a repeat performance.

As the road down through the street began to look more like a river, householders were forced to make a mad dash to the fire station to collect sand bags and protect their property.

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “When I went outside the water was away up past my ankles, closer to my knees.

“I phoned the police to ask if they could stop the traffic coming down and they said they’d get in touch with the council, but nobody did anything.

“It was a mess and this isn’t the first time it’s happened.”

It is understood the problem arose at the foot of the hill, with the drains unable to cope with the huge amount of water.

A spokesperson for SBC said the road gullies had been cleared in May as part of its annual programme.

However, they added: “The gullies are connected into a surface water drainage system which is maintained by Scottish Water. There have been problems with the capacity of the drainage system during times of intensive heavy rainfall similar to that encountered on Saturday evening.”

Local councillor Davie Paterson revealed that a meeting with a council official and residents took place this week and said measures were to be put in place to alleviate the problem.

However, he stressed there would be no quick fix.

He said: “The flooding officer spoke with residents and told them that the local authority will be liaising with Scottish Water to try to get things remedied as soon as possible.

“My constituents are concerned that, although they weren’t flooded this time, it’s only a matter of time before they are.

“When the water comes down both sides it is converging on that drain and it just can’t cope with it.”

Those affected have all received forms to join the town’s hugely successful flood group.

n Flood group update, page 7