A major clean up got underway in Peebles today after homes near to the river were hit by the worst flooding in more than 60 years.
Nearly 100 volunteers turned out to clear the homes of those affected, removing flooring, furniture and possessions damaged by the water.
Fifty people were told to evacuate on Wednesday (30 December) after Storm Frank caused the River Tweed to burst its banks, affecting homes in the town.
There's a lot of sadness and we feel really sorry for the people that have suffered flood damage and it's heartbreaking to see. But the community spirit is really good, everyone wants to help and lend a hand. That lifts everybody's spirits which means an awful lot to people in the town and those who have suffered due to the floods."
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A major incident was declared last night in Peebles as lives and properties were put at risk by Storm Frank. Residents wake up this morning to tackle what the flooding has left.
Scottish Borders Council staff and members of the public will meet at 9am at Edinburgh Road car park today to begin the clean up operation.
Our priority this morning is to make an assessment of the damage, ensure roads, bridges and other structures are safe and support members of the communities as much as we possibly can to deal with the aftermath of the flooding."
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The family of a man who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Peebles, have paid tribute to him.
Michael Travers, 59, from Larkhall, was staying at the Soonhope Chalets with his family when the incident happened late on Saturday night.
Mr Travers managed to raise the alarm after finding his family unconscious, but fell ill himself and was pronounced dead at the property when medics arrived.
His 60-year-old wife and 31-year-old son were taken to hospital, seriously ill.
Michael’s family have issued the following statement in tribute to him:
Michael was a much loved husband and father and we are devastated by his death.
He loved spending time at our holiday home near Peebles and we are comforted that he spent his last few days there.
We are grateful for the support of friends and family and would ask the media to please leave us alone to grieve privately.”
The British Geological Survey reported an earthquake that registered at 1.4 on the Richter scale near Peebles yesterday lunchtime. The epicentre of the quake was two kilometres below the earth's surface. No substantial damage has been reported.
The largest ever earthquake recorded in the British Isles was at Dogger Bank in 1931 - it clocked in at 6.1 on the Richter scale. Though it was 60 miles offshore, it was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.
A woman from Walkerburn has won the UK's top transgender title.
Jai Darra Latto, 22, tweeted about her victory in the Miss Transgender UK 2015 competition:
Ive been crowned the winner of Miss Transgender uk 2015.... I WON!!! Thank you Rachael Bailey for this life... http://t.co/d9jERYyKl1
The former Peebles High School pupil told ITV Border earlier this month that she wanted to use to raise awareness of transgender issues in the Scottish Borders.
Scottish Borders Council has praised the achievements of Scott Brash, the Peebles showjumper:
Scott’s latest Grand Prix success is an amazing achievement, and he goes from one outstanding performance to another. He has been winning constantly since his Olympic gold medal success, and it is fantastic that he has been world number one since November 2013.
We are extremely proud of Scott and his Borders background and I know he is an absolute hero and inspiration to young riders here in the Borders, and in fact around the world.”
Arrived home I am so overwhelmed with all the support & lovely words people have said and thanks to my amazing team@RolexGrandSlam #rolex
Peebles showjumper Scott Brash has tweeted to say he's "overwhelmed" with the support, following his Rolex Grand Slam victory.