Urgent Borders flood defence repairs completed as region braced for Storm Dennis

Emergency repairs to a damaged flood defence wall in Jedburgh have been completed as the region braces itself for another weekend of gale force winds and torrential rain with the arrival of Storm Dennis.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind are in place for much of the UK from Saturday afternoon in to Sunday evening.

Widespread damage from flooding and disruption to transport is expected with the worst hit areas possibly experiencing gusts of 80mph and up to 140mm of rainfall.

In Cumbria the Environment Agency and Electricity North West (ENW) are stepping up preparations.

ENW engineers have been cutting back trees close to powerlines to help try to keep supplies running throughout the weekend and the EA has pumping stations ready in areas including Appleby and Carlisle.

Electricity North West prepare for Storm Dennis Credit: ITV Border

Meanwhile north of the border, households on Richmond Row in Jedburgh have been given the option of evacuating the area despite repairs to the nearby flood wall being successfully completed.