Crews have dealt with various flooding incidents in the Borders

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Firefighters are working hard in the Borders area today to tackle flooding

Firefighters have already responded to a number of incidents due to heavy rain in the Borders today (27 January).

Firefighters and water rescue teams from Galashiels rescued a man trapped on the roof of his mini bus in Denholm, Hawick.  On arrival crews discovered the mini bus in deep flood water. They managed to safely remove the man and take him to safety.

Crews have also been called out to various incidents in the Hawick and Jedburgh area to pump out flood water.

Local Senior Officer Alasdair Perry said: “Operational crews and Control personnel are working hard over this period of intense activity for the emergency services.  Most incidents have been resolved quickly and on occasions through a coordinated multi agency response.”

“Measures have been 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.”

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, Police Scotland or the Scottish Borders council website for road closures.

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