Clean up begins after storms

Photographer' Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Scottish borders flooding, Peebles, River tweed, sand bags

Photographer' Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Scottish borders flooding, Peebles, River tweed, sand bags

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The region’s emergency services have been praised for their efforts during the storms that battered the Borders over the last month.

South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse has praised the commitment and hard work of the emergency services for their work over the festive period.

Pic Lisa Ferguson 28/01/2015'Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, launches Walk the Walk, an anti-sectarianism graphic novel created by Scottish Book Trust as part of the Scottish Governments�9million drive to tacklle the root causes of sectarianism in communitues

Pic Lisa Ferguson 28/01/2015'Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, launches Walk the Walk, an anti-sectarianism graphic novel created by Scottish Book Trust as part of the Scottish Governments�9million drive to tacklle the root causes of sectarianism in communitues

The Christmas and New Year season is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services with staff dealing with thousands of incidents; from the various impacts of severe weather to saving lives.

“Scottish Fire and Rescue Service staff do a fantastic job of keeping our communities safe in all conditions,” said Mr Wheelhouse, the Berwickshire-based minister for community safety and legal affairs.

“This is a particularly busy time of year for firefighters, and all of our hardworking emergency service workers, many of whom are out on duty when we are celebrating with family and friends.

“I have had a number of opportunities this year to find out more about the work of SFRS crews and have learned of the range of skills and expertise along with resilience and courage, needed for the job.

“My thanks to the firefighters, control room staff and SFRS staff who do an incredible job in responding to a huge number of situations and who are a credit to our public services.”

Emergency services have also been heavily involved in the clear-up operation after Storm Frank, an effort hampered by this week’s further spell of bad weather.

Scottish Borders Council said on Monday that sandbag stores across the region will be restocked as soon as possible. There are currently around 4,000 sandbags in depots across the region.

Jim Fraser, SBC’s emergency planning officer,said: “We are continuing to assess the situation across the Borders following Storm Frank as well as monitoring the forecast and the potential impact this ongoing rain may have.

Flooding at Peebles photographed by Jim Barton'Fire & Rescue service Tweed Brae

Flooding at Peebles photographed by Jim Barton'Fire & Rescue service Tweed Brae

“Given the ongoing and persistent rain, we have arranged to quickly restock our sandbag supplies at our stores and depots.

The Council is appealing to residents affected by flooding during Storm Frank to provide information and images to help build up an accurate picture of the extent of the event.

Any photographs of high water marks and trash lines, as well as information regarding water levels from across the region will enable work to take place with SEPA (the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) to get an accurate view of how the impact of the flooding compared with the recorded river levels and rainfall.

Photos and information can either be sent to flooding@scotborders.gov.uk or can be filled in online at www.scotborders.gov.uk/floodphotos.