A new 28 million pound flood protection scheme for Hawick has been approved.
Scottish Borders Council has given the go-ahead for the plans to progress to the next stage, which includes undertaking detailed survey and consultations and a public exhibition.
"I am pleased that the preferred flood protection scheme is now approved and that we can progress to the next stages.
"The scheme will provide a number of benefits to the people of Hawick, including greater confidence for those living in the areas that flood, the potential to unlock development in business areas, a reduction in insurance premiums for homes and businesses, and the protection of the essential infrastructure of the town.”
– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure
The next stage is expected to last around 15 months.
Design plans for a £25 million flood defence scheme for Selkirk are well underway, and planners are now checking the ground to make sure they can build defences on it.
These will be structures of around four metres high, which will blend in with the surrounding scenery.
One area that they will build on is at Philiphaugh, which was badly flooded in 1977.
"We are currently about mid-way through the detailed design and we hope to conclude it by February 2014. The design itself is approved.
"The best way to describe it is with an analogy, when you obtain planning permission to build a house, you know what you are going to build and where you are going to build it. But you won't know the detail; who will build it or the type of carpets you will put into the property.
"Similarly, we know what we are building which is robust flood protection defences, but we don't know the construction detail of them or exactly how we are going to build them."
After one of the wettest summers on record, the environment agency are encouraging householders to get to know their flood risks and make plans to protect their properties over the winter.
It has launched 'Flood Action Month' to try and encourage residents and businesses to safeguard their families, possessions and livelihoods.
The Environment Agency's Flood Executive for the North West, Sally Sudworth, said:
"One in six properties are at risk from flooding in England, but only five per cent of people living and working in these locations accepts that risk. Knowing your flood risk and being prepared could save your family, possessions and livelihood.
"You can check your risk of flooding from rivers and the sea on the Environment Agency's online flood map and then find out what you can do to protect yourself on our website or by speaking to us."
"Surface water flooding, which happens when rainfall cannot drain away quickly enough, is harder to predict, so it's important that people get to know flooding hotspots in their neighbourhoods and keep an eye on the weather."
– Sally Sudworth, Environment Agency
The Environment agency list seven ways which people can make to protect homes and businesses.
Check your flood risk from rivers and the sea by typing your postcode into the Flood Map at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.
Develop a flood action plan so you know what to do if flooding is imminent - a useful guide can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.
Sign up for free flood warnings if available in your community by calling the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Keep an eye on the weather, look out for surface water flooding, and check the flood risk forecast.
Consider buying flood protection products for your home.
Prepare your home for flooding by storing precious items upstairs or in high cupboards.
Keep up to date with flood warnings in your location.