Donations pour in to help villagers as Newcastleton hit by worst flooding yet

More than £2,000 has been raised in under 48 hours for flood-hit villagers in Newcastleton.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:42 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 6:15 pm
A car caught in flooding at Newcastleton.
A car caught in flooding at Newcastleton.

The village was one of the region worst hit areas as Storm Dennis wreaked havoc on the Borders on Saturday, experiencing its worst flooding since 2005.

Around 80 Newcastleton homes were flooded, several were evacuated and the rest centre created in the health centre put up 15 displaced residents.

A GoFundMe fundraising page set up in the wake of the flooding has so far raised £2,100.

“The tiny village of Newcastleton was devastated by Storm Dennis,” Jamie Thomson who set up the fund said. “The village witnessed the worst flooding in its entire history leaving a mass of destruction behind it. 80 homes where flooded leaving many people in the unknown.

“I have started this page in the hope that many will donate so we can help those affected get back on their feet as soon as possible.

“Whether your donation be big or small I’m sure those affected will be truly grateful.”

Firefighters from Carlisle and Longtown in Cumbria and Dumfries waded into the water to help take a couple to safety after their vehicle became wedged against a gate near Newcastleton after the Liddel Water burst its banks and floodwaters pushed it off a road.

The couple were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but were later discharged.

Hawick and Denholm councillor, and chairman of Hawick Flood Group told us today: “My heart goes out to the whole of Newcastleton, it’s been hit really hard.”