Major Incident: Hawick Flood Warnings

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Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland have declared a Major Incident following a period of sustained rainfall throughout the day with severe flood warnings in place for the River Tweed and River Teviot

Area Commander Stephen Gourlay is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Local Senior Officer for Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

He said: "We are supporting a multi-agency partnership response to prepare for a significant flood alert affecting several areas of the Scottish Borders including Hawick, Peebles and Newcastleton, issued earlier today.
"Following an official request from Police Scotland to support evacuation efforts in Hawick, Operations Control has mobilised four fire appliances to the Hawick area and an additional water rescue unit has been mobilised as a precautionary measure.
"We are currently working alongside partners to help ensure a safe evacuation of at-risk properties and will remain in attendance for some time."

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