STORM FRANK: Police advise people not to travel

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Police in the western Borders are advising residents to not to travel unless it is “absolutely necessary” due to dangerous driving conditions and flooding in Peebles, Hawick and the Selkirk area.

The warning comes after the flooding in Peebles was declared by police and the emergency services as emergency an incident which poses a “risk to life and property.”

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Police Scotland’s local area commander, said: “We are currently dealing with a serious emergency incident and our resources and those of our partners are being prioritised in areas at greatest risk.

“People should not travel unless absolutely necessary in the central and western Borders and drivers must not, under any circumstances, ignore road closed signs.

“This is an offence and not only puts the lives of those in the vehicle at risk but also those of the emergency services if a rescue is required. It also diverts essential resources away from the areas that need it most.”

The emergency bunker at Scottish Borders Council has been operating throughout last night and today, with SBC, Police Scotland and partners continuing to monitor the situation and liaising with SEPA and the MET office.

SBC chief executive Tracey Logan explained: “This is continuing to be an extremely challenging time, particularly in the Peebles area. Due to the nature of the localised rainfall from this storm, the information available on the impact of rivers across the Borders has been varied and constantly changing.

“River levels in the lower reaches will not peak until later tonight or the early hours of tomorrow and will continue to remain very high. I would urge residents to follow the advice being provided and continue to monitor the SEPA website for the latest information on flood warnings.”