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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