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People in parts of Hawick told to evacuate homes and businesses as flooding is expected

Residents in parts of Hawick are being advised to evacuate their homes and prepare for flooding.

The worst affected areas are expected to be the Duke Street, Teviot Crescent, Buccleuch Street, Sandbed and Haugh areas.

Scottish Borders Council says people should prepare to evacuate their houses and move their vehicles to higher ground now.

Businesses should also prepare for flooding. The council says the situation is likely to get worse during the day and residents may not have much time to prepare when the waters rise.

The Teviotdale Leisure Centre has been opened as a rest centre and residents are being directed there.

Police, Fire, Mountain Rescue and Council staff are on the ground in the town and are being assisted by Hawick Flood Group volunteers and British Red Cross staff.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, SEPA, is also forecasting some flooding in the Camptown area near Jedburgh, March Street and Tweed Green in Peebles, Galashiels and Newcastleton.

There are a total of 16 flood warnings currently in place across Scottish Borders.

Water is also affecting many roads like the A7 between Stow and Galashiels and south of Hawick.

The A698 between Hawick and Denholm is closed due to flooding, as is the B7062 - between Peebles and Traquair.

A total of 60mm to 100mm of rainfall is predicted on already saturated ground, as well as winds of around 70mph on lower levels.

Rain is expected to becoming persistent and heavy overnight on Friday and last through Saturday, before clearing southwards early on Sunday.

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Flooding in Carlisle: Pictures

Some businesses in Carlisle have been flooded overnight. The sugar craft specialist shop at the Viaduct estate by English Damside was one of those hit.

Margie's sugarcraft has flooded Credit: ITV Border
Margie cleans up her shop Credit: ITV Border
Roads have been flooded Credit: ITV Border

Sporting facilities have been affected by the flood water. The Indoor bowls club hasn't been able to open.

The bowls club Credit: ITV Border
The sign on the Bowls Club door Credit: ITV Border

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Flood warnings across Scottish Borders

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency have issued five flood warnings for the Scottish Borders. This means that flooding is expected and immediate action is required. The Flood warnings are as follows:

  • Greenlaw to Allanton
  • Peebles (Eddleston Water)
  • Preston to Paxton
  • Romannobridge to Lyne Station
  • Shiplaw to Crossburn including Eddleston
  • Stow
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