1. ITV Report

Flood-hit properties in Peebles given extra protection

Some residents were forced to leave their homes for up to six months Photo: 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.

Aftermath of Storm Frank in December 2015 Credit: ITV Border

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.

Huge damage was caused but the Property Level Protection Scheme will increase the resilience of these properties allowing them to recover more quickly from future flood events.

A resilient communities group was recently formed in Peebles and we have provided similar equipment to the group’s volunteers so if a flooding emergency occurs again, the community can work together and help each other out."

– 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.

The Scottish Government is committed to working with partners to reduce flood risk across Scotland and has committed £420million over the next 10 years to protect communities and businesses in many of our most flood-prone areas.

We are also providing £140,000 a year to the Scottish Flood Forum which works directly with communities and individuals at risk of flooding to raise awareness and help them take action to protect their property.

I would urge people to prepare for flooding and sign up to SEPA’s Floodline service to get the latest flood information direct to their mobile phone.”

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