Town had a ‘lucky escape’ after flooding alert

A Borders town had a ‘lucky escape’ last week amid fears that many homes and businesses could be left under water.
Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall.Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall.
Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall.

Flooding has wreaked havoc in Hawick in recent years and there is an ongoing £92m project to provide townsfolk with protection from the elements.

However, the project is not yet complete and many areas of the town remain exposed.

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Amid flood warnings on Friday, December 30, extra sandbags were deployed to help plug the gaps and members of Hawick Flood Group remained on high alert as flood warnings were issued and as the River Teviot continued to rise.

Thankfully, the flood defences held firm and the river levels eventually started to drop.

Hawick and Denholm councillor Stuart Marshall, chairman of Hawick Flood Group, thanked his team and others for helping avert more heartache.

He said: “Once again our town has had a very lucky escape and we the flood group are extremely grateful to both Scottish Borders Council and McLaughlin & Harvey for their efforts in supporting the town.

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“I would particularly like to thank the members of the flood team for their commitment. All of you have once again stepped up in atrocious conditions to support our community and for that I am extremely grateful.”

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