Thirty properties flooded in Jedburgh and met office says more rain to come

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A WARNING has been issued for more heavy rain across the Borders prompting fears of more flood, writes Bob Burgess.

The town centre of Jedburgh was badly hit around 8.30am Sunday when the Skiprunningburn burst its banks.

Around 30 properties were affected and two families are having to be temporarily re-housed. Mopping up operations are continuing,

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said : “Initial calls reported the water was three feet high but it receded quickly. No one was injured as a result of the rising water.”

Fire and ambulance crews were involved in the emergency response and Scottish Borders Council called in off duty staff to assist with the clean-up.

A number of roads throughout the Borders were closed or passable only with extreme care.

The Met Office has put parts of the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire on an amber flood alert.

Heavy rain is forecast until around 3am Tuesday posing a threat of more flooding.

Nigel Goody of SEPA said: “There is the potential for further local problems caused by surface water and small watercourses, depending where more rain falls.

“We are continuing to monitor all river levels and will issue further flood messages if appropriate.

“I would encourage people to check Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or online at www.sepa.org.uk”