Borders hospital cut off by floods

The entrance to the only accident and emergency hospital in the Scottish Borders was sealed off due to heavy flooding earlier today.

A local burn running beside Borders General Hospital near Melrose, Roxburghshire, burst its banks sending water pouring into the car parks.

The only access was by Chiefswood Road in Melrose, a back road which leads into the hospital grounds.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service sent three tenders to start pumping water out of the car parks which were evacuated as cars became stranded under several inches of water.

After about 5pm the natural water resources were receding. As a result we were able to pump the water into Huntly Burn but damming the burn further upstream.

Scottish Borders Council's emergency planning team and NHS Borders officials also assisted with the clear-up operation.

– Spokesperson, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service

Police closed off the main entrance at the Melrose by-pass turn-off and advised motorists to stay away from the area.

Patient Paul Graham from Galashiels just managed to move his car in time as it was surrounding by water.

The heavy rain for the past two days finally took its toll on the Huntly Burn and there was water everywhere.

– Paul Graham, Patient

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