Hoping to be left high and dry

The torrential rain which swept through the Borders earlier this week may well have sent a shudder down the shoulders of those who have had their lives blighted by flooding.

So it will no doubt be a mighty relief to the residents and businesses in Jedburgh to learn that work to reduce the risk of serious flooding in their town is expected to begin next summer (see page 6).

The Skiprunning Burn has been the source of five major flooding incidents in the town during the past 30 years – leaving many anguished business owners and householders mopping up the aftermath of deluges. The town was particularly badly hit in the summer of 2012 when more than 50 domestic and retail properties were inundated.

In Selkirk – another royal burgh which, for decades, has lived with the fear of being swamped – work on a flood protection scheme is well under way. It is expected to be completed in December 2016.

It comes with a price tag in excess of £30million – but considering the project will remove almost 600 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town from the national flood risk register, the cost doesn’t seem so eye-watering.

To keep Borderers high and dry, spending on schemes like these is a price well worth paying.