Residents urged to prepare for potential flooding

Published: 29th December 2022


Residents in the western Scottish Borders in particular are being urged to prepare for potential flooding, with heavy rain forecast for the area throughout Friday morning.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain which comes into effect at 3am on Friday morning and runs until 12noon. This covers an area to the south west of Selkirk and Denholm, including the Ettrick Valley, Hawick and Newcastleton.

Other areas are also likely to experience heavy rain, including Peebles and the central Borders. A yellow weather warning is in place covering the region west of the A697, which runs from midnight tonight to 2pm on Friday.

Heavy and persistent rain

Within the amber warning area up to 70mm of rain may fall in some upland areas, with 50mm expected widely. In the wider yellow warning area up to 30mm of rain is anticipated. 

Due to the persistent rain and already saturated ground, river and surface water flooding is likely. Residents are urged to put in place property-level flood defences where they have these available.

Flood warnings

A number of flood warnings are expected to be issued by SEPA throughout this evening as a precaution and to provide early warning. Further warnings are likely throughout the early hours of Friday morning as river levels rise. Those in the Cuddyside area of Peebles are encouraged to move their vehicles to safe locations tonight if at all possible.

All our sandbag stores are fully stocked to assist residents in affected areas and steps are being taken to protect exposed areas of Hawick where construction of the flood protection scheme is ongoing.

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