Flood protection

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme have been approved and will provide a one in 75 year level of flood protection to Hawick from the River Teviot. In 2019, advanced works have been progressed and construction of the scheme is programmed to begin in 2020. The documents and drawings for the scheme are available on the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme website. 

Flood risk management plan

Interim reports have been published for Scotland's Local Flood Risk Management Plans (LFRMP). The plans show how flooding will be managed over a six year period in each area including funding and the timetable for delivering actions identified in the plan.

We are the lead authority for the Tweed area and have produced the Tweed LFRMP.

Full plans 2022-28

As part of the development of the Tweed LFRMP, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening report was completed and it was determined that a full SEA was not required.

Interim reports 2016-22

Final reports 2016-22

SEPA have also produced Flood Risk Management Plans  which aim to co-ordinate efforts to tackle flooding in Scotland.

Flood protection schemes

Several flood protection projects have been completed or are planned for towns across the Scottish Borders.

These include:

  • Galashiels Flood Prevention Scheme: completed 2014
  • Jedburgh (Skiprunning Burn) Flood Protection Scheme: completed 2016
  • Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme: completed 2016
  • Hawick Flood Protection Scheme: ongoing - construction programmed 2020-23

Flood Protection Studies

As part of the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and Plans, we have developed flood studies to gain a greater understanding of the flood mechanisms and to appraise mitigation options to reduce flood risks in five Borders towns:

  • Peebles
  • Innerleithen
  • Broughton
  • Earlston
  • Newcastleton

For more information, visit the Border Flood Studies website.

How residents can help themselves

View our list of discounted flood protection products Practical tips on keeping your home and community safe Download the watercourse clearance and repair works schedule Find out more about Borders Flood Studies

Emergency planning

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 0300 100 1800