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Floods hit south west Scotland

There's flooding in parts of south west Scotland as the tail end of ex-Hurricane Bertha passes through the region.

Roads into Drummore near Stranraer have been affected by flood water. The A716 is closed just north of the village. The police are asking people to avoid the area for the time being. Two properties have also been affected. Earlier there were reports of another property being flooded at Port Logan.

Hurricane Bertha hit parts of the Caribbean before dissipating over the central Atlantic, on its way to the UK.

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Residents support flood defences scheme

Funding for the scheme from the Scottish government was finally approved last Thursday and construction work can now begin in November 2014 and is due to be completed by December 2016.

The project is now fully funded, approved, designed and ready to commence.

The news has been welcomed by many local residents, including George Skeldon, who has lived next to the river for 28 years.

Business Park 'attractive'

A new £31million flood protection scheme will provide long-term financial benefits for Selkirk according to representatives of Scottish Borders Council.

The work should provide protection to almost six hundred homes and businesses on the Scottish Borders biggest business Park which lie in the town's riverside area.

Local Councillor Gordon Edgar says that insurance prices should come down and business investment in Selkirk will become more attractive.

The moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed in 1977

Footage from 1977 shows the moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed after a night of heavy rain caused the river Ettick to flood.

It effectively severed the town in two, and numerous homes were flooded as the river burst its banks.

If you remember the Selkirk floods, email us at Pamandian@itv.com and we'd love to publish any photos you have

Selkirk flood prevention scheme gets green light

Flood risk map showing areas prone to flooding in Selkirk Credit: SBC

The long awaited Selkirk flood defence scheme has been given the go-ahead after the Scottish Government agreed to help fund the scheme.

The £31m scheme is expected to protect up to 595 properties currently at risk in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town.

Years in the planning, the funding boost means construction work will now begin in November, with completion expected in 2016.

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Council plans to reduce flooding take step forward

Dumfries and Galloway Council have approved plans to help reduce flood damage in Newton Stewart.

The local authority have announced a flood warning scheme will be launched and a flood pod will be established in the town.

They are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to construct walls in the town and raise a footbridge, but locals are worried that the flood defences will take years to complete.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Council appeals for national help to tackle D&G flooding

The River Cree burst its banks in Newton Stewart in December 2013 Credit: ITV News
The Belted Galloway restaurant in Newton Stewart was hit badly by flooding in 2012 and again in December last year Credit: ITV News
Galloway Mountain Rescue have had to re-adjust their vehicles to ensure they are suitable for driving through deep water Credit: ITV News
The local authority wants to raise the footbridge to reduce the risk of flooding Credit: ITV News

Flood prevention plans announced across D&G

Dumfries and Galloway Council have announced plans to develop a flood warning scheme and locate a flood pod, containing sandbags and barriers in Newton Stewart.

The local authority are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to build river walls through the town, and raise the footbridge.

The flood prevention for Newton Stewart could cost in the region of £3.4million, and although the council are determined to help, they say Scottish Government money is needed.

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