Amber weather warning issued for rain for weekend

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Published: Friday, 14th February 2020

The Met Office has issued an Amber Weather Warning for rain this weekend which largely covers the same areas, and river catchments, as those affected by flooding last weekend.

The weather warning is valid from 12noon to 11pm on Saturday. Heavy and prolonged rainfall is anticipated throughout this period,up to 40mm in some places.

Combined with melting snow, this could lead to flooding, not only associated with increased river levels but also run off from hills. There are significant concerns about the impact on:

  • Hawick
  • Jedburgh
  • Newcastleton
  • Ettrick Valley

Our response

We continue to liaise closely with the Met Office and SEPA and is making all necessary preparations for the forecasted weather, including replenishing sandbag stores and stocks and pre-distributing to key areas.

Our Emergency Planning Centre will open from 11am on Saturday and be operating throughout the Amber Weather Warning period on Saturday and into Sunday to monitor the weather and impacts and respond as required.

An underlying Yellow Weather Warning for rain and wind remains in place from 7am to 8pm on Saturday. From 12noon on Sunday to 12noon on Monday there is also a Yellow Weather Warning for wind.

Richmond Row flood defence

We have successfully repaired the damage to the flood defence wall at Richmond Row, Jedburgh.

This has ensured that the 11 properties at the location are protected as fully as normal.

As a result, along with Scottish Borders Housing Association, we have agreed that there is no need for an evacuation of residents. SBHA are discussing individual residents’ needs with them.

The damage was sustained during the Amber Weather Warning period last weekend when heavy rainfall increased river levels and brought significant debris downstream.