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"Bring forward the 2021 flood defences"

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Provost for Hawick and Chair of the Volunteer Flood Group is calling for flood defences, due to be built in 2021, to be brought forward as a matter of urgency.

600 people were evacuated from 300 homes yesterday during severe flooding in the town.

The clean up operation is just beginning to get underway there.

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Provost for Hawick and Chair of the Volunteer Flood Group
Hawick

The clean up begins in Hawick

Former Scotland international Scott MacLeod among the helpers as the clean up begins in Hawick

Hawick Rugby Club are helping out this morning with the clean up operation in the town.

Former Scotland international Scott MacLeod is among the helpers.

"We're more than happy to pitch in to help local people out, they come out to support us on a Saturday, it is the least we can do"

– Scott MacLeod

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Scottish Government pledges emergency flood help

Deputy First Minister John Swinney pledges Scottish Government help to flood-hit communities Credit: Press Association

The Scottish Government has pledged to give flood-hit communities in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders 'any emergency help they need'.

The government's resilience committee, chaired by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, met this evening as severe flood warnings were issued for Hawick and Newcastleton.

Mr Swinney said:

"I have this evening chaired a second meeting of the Scottish Government's resilience committee, SGoRR, where I have made absolutely clear to representatives of the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Tayside that they will receive any emergency help they need during the current severe weather.

"The torrential rain and severe winds are having an impact across the country this evening but it is being felt most acutely in these three areas. While local authorities and emergency services are satisfied they have all the necessary resources at this present time and, while they are responding admirably, I have reassured them they only need to ask should they need further assistance.

"We will remain in close touch with local leaders throughout the night and stand ready to help in any way we can.

"Across the borders, people have already been warned not to travel and in some areas residents are being evacuated from their homes into leisure centres and other local authority facilities. In Hawick and Newcastleton there are severe flood warnings in place and there are a further 73 flood warnings in place nationwide at the present time.

"This weather is expected to last well into tomorrow (Sunday) and we will do all we can to help."

– Deputy First Minister John Swinney

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.

82-year-old man killed in Hawick road collision

Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on a residential street in Hawick.

The incident happened on Thursday 3 December at around 21:30.

An 82-year-old man was involved in a collision with a Skoda Fabia as it turned onto Rosevale Street from Mansfield Crescent.

The man was taken by ambulance to Borders General Hospital where he died due to his injuries.

Anyone with information relevant to the ongoing inquiry are asked to contact police on 101.

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High praise for Hogg from Hawick RFC President

Former Hawick Rugby Club player Stuart Hogg has been given high praise by the club's President.

Full-back Hogg, who's now considered one of Scotland's key players, spent many years playing for his home club.

He remains a huge supporter, along with his family, and when he's not playing for the Glasgow Warriors he tries to get along to watch the men in Green.

President of Hawick RFC, Ross Cameron, says the whole town is extremely proud of their "local hero."

Kiwis praise British rugby hospitality

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins Credit: ITV Border

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins are watching the Scotland vs Samoa game at Hawick Rugby Club as part of their Rugby World Cup tour.

The couple are from New Zealand and are supporting Scotland and the All Blacks during the tournament.

They are personal friends of Scotland player Sean Maitland, who is originally from the North Island in New Zealand.

"It's been absolutely fantastic to be part of this year's Rugby World Cup. The atmosphere has been fantastic every where we've been and the people have been so friendly.

"We're having a great time cheering on Scotland who are our favourite team after the All Blacks of course!"

– Cheryl and Neville Hawkins
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