Numerous flood warnings issued as rivers rise

Car on wet road at night

Published: Sunday, 9th February 2020

Residents are urged to be prepared following the issuing of an Amber Weather Warning for rain for parts of the Borders, valid to 10am on Sunday.

UPDATE - 0630

The warning area covers Galashiels, Hawick, Selkirk, Kelso and Jedburgh.

Overnight heavy rain has caused some flooding issues in Newcastleton, Hawick and Jedburgh, with initial river levels peaking during the early hours. No property flooding has so far occurred.

However, further moderate to heavy rain is expected during the morning, and further flood warnings are likely, with rivers expected to peak again, potentially at higher levels than overnight.

A rest centre has been put on standby in Hawick should it be required.

Hawick Community Recycling Centre will be closed on Sunday, at least initially, due to the flood risk on Mansfield Road.

Significant rainfall forecast

It was predicted that up to 50mm of rain would fall across the warning area, with up to 70mm possible over higher ground. By the early hours some areas had received up to 60mm.

A Yellow Weather Warning for wind is also in place, with gusts of 60mph already recorded in our area.

Council preparations

Our Emergency Planning Centre at Council Headquarters has been open overnight to ensure that the situation is monitored closely and so teams can respond as required. It will remain open until at least 10am.

Whilst the Amber Weather Warning period ends at 10am on Sunday, there is clearly the potential for flooding issues to continue beyond that, although the forecast is for a largely dry, but very windy day.

Further weather warnings

A number of other warnings remain in place for the rest of the weekend and into the early part of next week:

  • Sunday
    • Yellow weather warning for wind, valid from midnight Saturday to 11.59pm Sunday
    • Covers whole of the Scottish Borders
    • Strong winds associated with Storm Ciara may result in damage and disruption
    • Gusts of 60mph are expected inland, with some areas experiencing up to 80mph gusts.
  • Monday and Tuesday
    • Yellow weather warning for wind and snow, valid from midnight Sunday to 12noon Tuesday
    • Covers western half of the Scottish Borders, to around Gordon area
    • Frequent heavy snow showers and strong winds will combine to lead to disruption, especially over higher routes
    • Snow showers, at all levels, are forecast throughout Monday, but move around the warning area
    • Overnight into Tuesday morning snow showers are more widespread and will continue into the evening, beyond the current warning period