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The Scottish Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, has been to see how restoration work to a river could create a framework for flood prevention.
Scientists hope a project to put bends back into a river in Peebleshire will prevent flooding in nearby towns and villages.
Jenny Longden reports.
A project to prevent flooding in Eddleston and Peebles by putting the bends back into a river has taken a step forward today.
The Eddleston Water, which flows into the River Tweed, was straightened 200 years ago so a road could be built.
It is now being returned to its original meandering shape and it is hoped that the long-term project will prevent flooding in hotspots further downstream.