Heavy rain as ex Storm Jonas sweeps region

Storm Jonas caused havoc in the USA, and the remains of the storm have lead to heavy rain and flood warnings in the region.

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Bridge collapses in Cumbria

Bell Bridge near Welton. Credit: Kathryn Farrimond.

A Grade Two listed bridge near the village of Welton, in Cumbria, has collapsed.

Bell Bridge is the latest in a large number of bridges in the region that have been damaged by heavy rain, wind and flooding over the winter.

Bell Bridge near Welton. Credit: Kathryn Farrimond.
How the bridge looked before its collapse Credit: Sebergham Parish Council

Latest Scottish Borders road closures

Mansfield Road, Hawick. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

As heavy rain sweeps through the Scottish Borders, the following roads remain closed:

  • B712 at Dawyck. Diversion: A701 - Dreva Junction
  • D66/1 Kirkton Manor, Cademuir to Peebles
  • B709 Thirlestane / Ramseycleuch
  • C77 Gala to Lauder
  • B6359 - at Bowden Toll
  • A699 - Selkirk to St Boswells
  • D106/4 - Makerston village
  • D25/3 Haysike Bridge – closed due to structural damage
  • Lower Mansfield Road, Hawick
  • Overhall Road/Martin's Bridge, Hawick
  • B709 between Ramseycleuch Bridge and Angecroft Caravan Park in the Ettrick Valley
  • A698 between Denholm and Hawick
  • A7 south of Hawick - landslip at Teviothead
  • Commercial Road, Hawick
  • Laidlaw Terrace, Hawick
  • Dovemount Mews, Hawick
  • Common Haugh Car Park, Hawick
  • Victoria Road, Hawick
  • A6088 Bonchester Bridge closed
  • A68 south of Bonjedward bridge
  • A68 south of Bonjedward
  • A68 north of Jedburgh at Riverside
  • B6401 between Yetholm and Morebattle
  • C40 near Jedburgh - Crailinghall Bridge closed
  • B6438 at the 30mph zone into St Abbs

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Residents in Hawick and Jedburgh being evacuated

Credit: ITV Border

Residents in Jedburgh and Hawick are being evacuated by Police Scotland.

Police officers are going door to door to warn the residents of at risk properties to leave their premises.

Emergency Rest Centres have been set up by Scottish Borders Council at Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick and Jedburgh Town Hall.

You can find maps and directions to each Refuge Centre here:

Many roads, including the A68 outside of Jedburgh, remain impassable.

Flood warnings in place across the region

There are currently 8 flood warnings in place across the region after a day of heavy rain brought by ex-Storm Jonas.

A flood warning means flooding is expected, and that immediate action should be taken.

There are four warnings for the North West of England:

There are also four warnings across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders:

For the most up-to-date information on the floods, visit

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Southern Scotland battered by ex Storm Jonas

Whitesands in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

Storm force winds and heavy rain battered Southern Scotland today.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the River Nith overflowed its banks and flooded across the Whitesands closing the road and car parks all afternoon but there were no reports that properties were affected.

Caerlaverock Primary School in Glencaple near Dumfries was closed due to flooding and Brydekirk Primary School was closed due to a lack of power.

A number of roads were affected by flood waters but all were passable with care.

A fallen tree on the road. Credit: ITV Border

A tree fell on the A708 between Selkirk and Moffat causing delays this morning - a number of other minor roads were also affected by fallen trees. In the Scottish Borders the B709 in the Ettrick Valley was closed due to flooding.

The flood alert alarm went off in Hawick and the River Teviot was about seven feet higher than normal but there were no reports of flooded properties.

On the back of Desmond and Frank, we've had a lot of very worried communities over the last 24 hours.

Again, maybe it's not the amount of rain that's been falling on saturated ground which means that the rivers have responded much faster then they would do normally."

– Martin Ogilvie, Dumfries and Galloway Council

About 12.30 lunchtime the alarm went from flood alert to flood warning so we called the flood group.

The Teviot is running about seven feet higher than normal."

– Cllr Stuart Marshall Hawick Flood Group, Scottish Borders Council

Cumbria battered by high winds and flooding

The Glenridding hotel has flooded once more Credit: ITV Border
The Glenridding Hotel has flooded once again Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria has seen flooding once again. The Glenridding Hotel has flooded for the fourth time in two months. Contractors were trying to dry the hotel out and say the latest flooding will set them back.

In Keswick the campsite and rugby pitches were flooded and the River Greta came close to bursting its banks at Fitz Park.

Keswick School and Borrowdale Church of England School closed early to ensure pupils and staff could get home safely.

In Cockermouth St Joseph's Catholic Primary School was closed as high winds loosed the outside tiles.

In Kendal the River Kent's levels were raised but the Environment Agency have spent time removing tonnes of rubble from the river, allowing it flow freely.

Water is close to flooding Fitz Park once again Credit: River Greta at Keswick
Keswick School sports field and nearby fields were flooded Credit: Richard Down
Keswick School sports field and nearby fields were flooded Credit: Richard Down

A66 closed after 3 lorries overturned near Penrith

The A66 is closed between Penrith (J40 A66) and Shap (J39 B6261) because of an overturned vehicle and accident.

Cumbria police are warning people to avoid the A66.

Vehicles which are affected by strong winds are being advised to avoid using the A66.

Vehicles, such as empty lorries or caravans, can be vulnerable in excessive winds and should avoid using the road.

All motorists are reminded to drive according to the conditions and slow down whilst driving in high winds.

Those drivers affected are encouraged to use alternative, less exposed routes until conditions subside.

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