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.
The next stage is expected to last around 15 months.
A decision will be made by councillors today on whether a 28 million pound flood prevention scheme for Hawick is given the go-ahead.
Scottish Borders Council are meeting in St. Boswells to decide on the plans which include proposals for an automatic pumping station, new floodgates and the erection of new walls.
Selkirk's Bannerfield estate was hit by flooding in 2004.
Many homes had to be evacuated after flood water soaked carpets and floors.
Resident Colin Bennett recalls what happened:
"The main street was just like a river. I could not open the front gate because of water coming over it.
"There were cars parked on the street that were getting shoved across the road and there were cars floating down the main drive."
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.
A £25million flood protection scheme being planned for Selkirk leads the way nationally, according to Scottish Government ministers.
The new scheme will safeguard 700 properties currently at risk of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and the Long Philip and Shaw Burns.
It is the first scheme in Scotland to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government's Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.
The project team are currently drawing up detailed designs for the scheme, and work to built it will get underway in summer 2014.
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:
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.