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Galashiels flood scheme opened

Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Parker join local councillors at the flood defence scheme Credit: ITV Border

A flood defence scheme in Galashiels had been officially opened by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker.

The £3.6million project will protect the town centre from flooding from the Gala Water.

Warning: Possible floods in Cumbria

The Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings for Costal areas in Cumbria tonight.

The high tide is set to hit the north west coastline in Cumbria, and there's potential for flooding to low lying areas and local roads.

People are advised to take care when driving and avoid walking in coastal areas.

At 4:30pm there were three flood warnings and 12 flood alerts in place along the North West coastline.

North west flood warnings:

  • Silloth to St Bees including Maryport, Flimby, Workington and Whitehaven
  • Gretna to Silloth, areas at risk include properties at Mossband Hall Marsh, Silloth, Burgh Marsh, Port Carlisle, Wampool Estuary, Skinburness Marsh, Skinburness and Rockcliffe
  • Properties along Riverside Drive (and a Caravan Park), Kiln Lane and Wardley's Lane in Hambleton and Briskhouse land south of Cold Row

North west flood alerts:

  • Coast from St Bees Head to Millom
  • Coast from Silloth to St Bees

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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.

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.

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