Flooding, Scottish Borders

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Firefighters respond to flooding in the Scottish Borders

Around 40 firefighters were called to deal with flooding across the Scottish Borders throughout the course of Saturday evening (21 December) with the worst affected areas in Jedburgh.

The first call came in to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) just before 6pm. The Skip Running Burn in Jedburgh had burst its banks after sudden heavy rain which lead to flash floods affecting the town's High Street and surrounding streets.

Eight fire appliances attended the scene with crews from Jedburgh, Kelso, Galashiels, Lauder, Coldstream, Selkirk, Dalkeith and Liberton responding.

Firefighters used light portable pumps to clear water where they could and worked closely with Scottish Borders Council to remove debris washed in by the flood water.

Crews were also on hand to provide reassurance to affected residents, distribute sandbags and prevent further flood damage to properties where possible. SFRS also attended the Council's emergency co-ordination centre with the police and council colleagues. 

Firefighters were also called to further, seperate reports of flooding in Denholm, Kelso, Eyemouth and Hawick.

With further weather warnings in place for ice into Sunday morning and the heavy rain and snow already experienced in parts of the Scottish Borders the Service is urging people to take extra care when travelling and be mindful that flood water can mask hidden hazards.