Peebles flood defences hold up as SBC staff are praised

Flooding on the Kingsmeadows Road side of The River Tweed in Peebles.
Flooding on the Kingsmeadows Road side of The River Tweed in Peebles.

Police and mountain rescue personnel joined local authority personnel in Peebles at the weekend as the threat of flooding increased due to heavy rainfall.

Five members of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, who had been released from duties in Hawick late in the early hours of Sunday morning and lived in the Peebles area, were deployed to the town to work with the police to assess the situation on the ground.

Flood defences were holding well and water was about 12 inches below the flood gates in the Tweed Green area.

Staff at Peebles Nursing Home at Tweed Green helped residents move to upstairs as a precaution. Despite the early hour, many members of the local community were awake and team members and police were able to give reassurances that river levels were being monitored and contingency plans were ready if the risk of flooding increased.

Tweeddale local Scottish Borders councillor Graham Garvie said he had been very relieved to see that, although very concerning, the terrible flooding and evacuations experienced in other parts of the Borders did not affect properties in Peebles.

“Having visited and spoken with staff in Scottish Borders Council’s operations centre and also with members of the public, I was extremely impressed by the dedication and sheer professionalism of the staff of SBC and other emergency services throughout this crisis.”