Crews dealt with a number of flooding incidents in the Borders over the weekend

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water rescue teams were kept busy most of the weekend.

Firefighters have responded to a number of incidents as heavy rain struck the Borders area over the weekend.

Firefighters from Kelso and the water rescue teams from Galashiels and Bathgate fire stations were mobilised to reports of a car trapped in flood water at Springwood Park near the Old Kelso bridge. On arrival crews discovered the car with the water level up to wing mirror height with one female trapped inside.

Crews got to work with depth poles and a rescue sled to enter the water to make contact with the casualty who was 100 metres from dry land. Firefighters safely removed the female and passed her into the care of The Scottish Ambulance Service.  She was taken to Borders General Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

Crews from Hawick, Galashiels and Jedburgh were called to Deanfoot farm, Hawick just before 10am on Saturday to assist with horses trapped in a field surrounded by two feet of water.

Water rescue teams also rescued a man from his van trapped in two feet of water on the B711 outside Hawick.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “Operational crews and Control personnel have worked hard over what has been a period of intense activity for the emergency services.  Most incidents were resolved quickly and on occasions through a coordinated multi agency response.”

“Measures were taken to ensure we always had sufficient resources to respond wherever they were needed. We remain fully prepared to protect communities throughout the Borders during this period of difficult weather and will continue to respond wherever we are needed.” 

“In this type of weather I would urge people to follow advice issued by Flood line Scotland, our Police Scotland colleagues and by Transport Scotland, which will help them stay safe and avoid running into difficulty on the roads.”

Police in the Scottish Borders have issued advice for drivers following the severe weather over the past few days.

The advice also focuses on the importance of adhering to road closures, and the dangers of ignoring advice from the emergency services.

It comes as a woman drove past a 'road closed' sign and two barriers whilst attempting to enter Kelso yesterday morning.

The car became immersed in water and was carried down the river before becoming wedged between trees.

The 49-year-old driver has subsequently been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Inspector John Reid, of Melrose Police Station, said: "This week's heavy rain and flooded roads make driving conditions extremely difficult.

"Drivers should be aware that they may need to reduce their speed and increase stopping distance, particularly on wet roads and ice.

"Avoid sudden acceleration and breaking, and do not pass closed snow gates.

"We'd like to remind all road users that road closures are in place for a reason. Please do not risk your safety by ignoring these, or the safety of the emergency crews who will be risking their life to help you."

If you are in an area affected by flooding, do not travel unless absolutely necessary. 

If you need to travel, plan your route in advance and check Traffic Scotland or the Scottish Borders council website for road closures.