Jed floods report soon

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ENGINEERING consultants Halcrow, looking into floods which raged through Jedburgh town centre in July, are expected to report back to Scottish Borders Council by the end of next week.

Their findings will be discussed at the council’s environment and infrastructure committee meeting two weeks later.

Their report will be taken to a public meeting to be arranged for mid-November, said a council spokesman.

Approximately 50 businesses and homes were flooded when Jedburgh’s Skip Running Burn rose two metres in less than 15 minutes and burst its banks after heavy rainfall on Sunday, August 5.

Locals described being trapped as a torrent swept through Castlegate, Canongate and the High Street.

Police sealed off the town centre and about 50 fire fighters, among other emergency services, and 50 SBC staff attended.

SBC’s director of environment and infrastructure Rob Dickson told the town’s community council last month that there is a possibility that a system similar to one used on the Long Philip Burn in Selkirk – which saw sills and a barrier installed upstream to stop sediment and logs washing downstream – was a possibility for the Skip Running Burn.