Flood-hit properties in Peebles given extra protection

Some residents were forced to leave their homes for up to six months Credit: ITV Border

Nearly 40 flood-hit homes and businesses in Peebles have been given extra flood protection in a multi-million pound scheme.

Properties in the Tweed Green, Tweed Avenue and Walkershaugh area of the town were flooded during Storm Frank in December 2015.

Flood gates and pumps have now been installed through a Scottish Borders Council initiative - the Peebles Property Level Protection Scheme.

The Scottish Government provided £2.4million to Scottish Borders Council to deal with the aftermath of the winter floods of 2015/16.

The £280,000 scheme means the 37 affected properties now have increased resilience to future flooding.

The council are also working to assess flood risks and create more ways to manage flooding in the surrounding communities.

Scottish Borders Council said:

Storm Frank was a traumatic experience for many residents in the Tweed Green, Tweed Avenue and Walkershaugh area of Peebles, with the flooding some of the worst ever seen in the town.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, SBC

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform said:

Storm Frank caused devastation across the country so I am pleased that Scottish Government funding will help properties in the Borders recover from the impact of these floods and make them better prepared for the future.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform