Support is being provided for Newcastleton residents affected by flooding on Tuesday night after the Liddel Water burst its banks leading to flood water affecting 23 properties in Union Street, Hermitage Street, South Liddesdale Street and George Street. One evacuation of a property took place but all other residents were able to remain in their homes overnight.
Both the B6357 and B6399 into Newcastleton had to close due to flooding and a number of local streets were blocked by flood water for a period.
The B6399 between Hawick and Newcastleton at remains closed at Whiteropefoot and the D39/3 Kershopefoot Road, south of Newcastleton, is closed on approach to the bridge (just off the B6357).
SBC has been working with partners including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and local housing associations since the start of the incident and is now focussed on the recovery operation. Staff have been in the village to help with the clear-up operation and provide assistance in terms of accessing things like financial and wellbeing support.
Rob Dickson, Executive Director at SBC, said: “Newcastleton was severely impacted by flooding this time last year and this latest incident has unfortunately caused more distress and disruption to people in the village. We realise how difficult this will be and are working closely with local residents to offer as much support and assistance as we can. We have worked closely to plan and respond to the flooding issues with partners including Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the local Resilient Communities Group, and are now doing all we can to aid the recovery effort. We are liaising closely with local housing associations in terms of any impact to their properties. Council staff have been deployed to tidy up streets and footpaths in the village. This has involved JCBs and street-sweepers carrying out a range of duties including road sweeping, cleaning gullies and minor road repairs. Skips have been provided for residents to remove damaged electrical items and general waste from their properties. Can I once again thank resilient community groups from across the Borders and our partners in the emergency services for their assistance during the severe weather.”
Elsewhere in the Borders, Hawick saw some localised flooding on Tuesday night but no properties in the town appear to have been impacted. A small number of properties at Crowbyres south of the town were affected by flooding as the Slitrig Water burst its banks. SEPA issued 10 flood warnings in total for the region but these were removed yesterday. No other warnings are in place for the rest of the week with drier weather forecast.
SBC is carrying out inspections to roads, bridges and other key structures in areas affected by flooding.