Awareness campaign launched as Peebles counts cost of latest floods

Flooding in Peebles at the weekend

Flooding in Peebles at the weekend

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a FLOODING awareness campaign will be launched in Peebles tomorrow, just over a week after the Peeblesshire area was again affected by torrential rainfall; writes Kenny Paterson.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, alongside the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), say the event will show members of the public how to prepare for a flood.

Flooding in Peebles at the weekend

Flooding in Peebles at the weekend

It follows Eddleston Water again breaking its banks at Cuddyside last Thursday afternoon, with flood warnings also issued by SEPA further upstream.

Police officers were called to help save a car caught in the flooding and sand bags stocks were increased.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “We worked closely with partners such as SEPA and the Met Office to monitor the situation across the area.

“Staff in our roads department were out dealing with issues arising from localised flooding on routes across the region.

Lucy McNeish with her dad ?? at Crossburn Caravan Site, Peebles, which was flooded over the weekend

Lucy McNeish with her dad ?? at Crossburn Caravan Site, Peebles, which was flooded over the weekend

“The Eddleston Water topped its banks at Cuddyside at Peebles. In anticipation of the heavy rainfall, sandbag stocks in Tweeddale were checked and replenished.”

Tomorrow’s event will see staff from the fire service and SEPA available to offer advice and households will be able to sign up to SEPA’s Floodline direct warning service.

Stewart Prodger, Lothian and Borders Fire Service’s flooding communications manager said: “Although we can’t prevent flooding from happening, it’s vital everyone prepares for the possibility, knows what they can do and who can help.

“Peebles residents can get access to valuable flood preparation advice at this event and we would encourage everybody who lives locally to come along and visit the community safety vehicle so they’re better prepared to deal with flooding if it happens.”

The flooding awareness campaign kicks off in Tesco car park on Dovecot Road from 10am to 2pm.