SBC ‘continuing to monitor weather’

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners have been responding to flooding issues across the region today.

Significant rainfall during the early hours and throughout this morning resulted in rapidly rising river levels, particularly in Hawick and Jedburgh.

Emergency rest centres in Hawick and Jedburgh were established and these are now closed with residents returning home safely.

Latest information suggests that an estimated 100 households were advised to evacuate in Hawick. Fifteen members of the public attended the rest centre at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

Due to concerns about flood water entering the boiler room at Trinity Primary School in Hawick, all 170 pupils were also taken to the Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

At this time, we are not aware of any houses being flooded along the banks of the Teviot in Hawick. It is understood that a handful houses at Crow Byres, Slitrig were affected by flooding, and three houses and two businesses in Bonchester Bridge were also affected.

Some road closures are still in place and river levels will remain high for some time across the region.

Jim Fraser, Emergency Planning Officer from SBC explained: “During the early hours of this morning, the Met Office issued a low level Yellow Weather Warning for rain.

“The impact of this heavy rain, which was greater than predicted, resulted in a rapid increase in the river levels. These river levels were similar levels in Hawick as during Storm Desmond on 4/5 December, although in this instance the levels rose far more quickly.

“We had to respond quickly to this and worked closely with our partners and colleagues in Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service throughout the day.

“We are continuing to monitor the weather situation and liaise with Met Office and SEPA. A Yellow warning for Ice is in place between 6pm tonight and 9am tomorrow morning and given the rainfall, drivers should continue to drive with extreme caution.”