South Scotland

Clear-up in southern Scotland as flood alerts continue

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Media captionSkip Running burn in Jedburgh burst its banks, flooding the town's High Street

More thunderstorms overnight have brought further problems across Scotland as the clear-up continued after flooding in the Scottish Borders.

The town of Jedburgh was badly hit on Sunday after Skip Running burn burst its banks, causing flooding on the High Street.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had 13 flood alerts in place across Scotland overnight.

Sandbagging was taking place at cottages in Luthrie in Fife.

Fife Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene, where water was flowing down the street and into the houses, at about 04:20.

Grampian Police said there had been a lot of water on the A90 north of Balmedie, though it was starting to subside.

Tayside Police also warned drivers to be aware of surface water on many routes.

In Jedburgh many shops and businesses affected by the flooding were unlikely to open on Monday morning.

Dozens of properties which run off the main streets were evacuated in the Duck Row area.

Almost all of the floodwater had been pumped out on Sunday night but it was thought the silt left behind could take days to clear.

Ross Murrow said the damage to his barber's shop would be likely to see it closed for a week.

He said he got a call at 08:30 on Sunday to go to the shop and could not get in for an hour because the water was above the door level.

"One we got in the firemen pumped out the water and we were left with a lot of mud and silt from the flood," he said.

Image caption Homes and commercial properties in Jedburgh were flooded over the weekend

He said it would be a week of hard work to get his premises open.

Scottish Borders Council's director of environment, Rob Dickson, who was leading the clear-up operation, said: "We achieved a huge amount yesterday, and I think if we can keep the momentum up then I would be reasonably confident it shouldn't take too long.

"But it will depend on what we find today. If some of the damage is significant then - replacing walls, repairing roads - it is going to be weeks, potentially into months.

"Until we are absolutely clear on the quantum of the damage it is difficult to put a timescale on it."

Lib Dem MP Michael Moore praised local volunteers and response teams who helped with the clean-up.

He said: "It has been a terrible weekend for shopkeepers and householders in Jedburgh, but the response of local people and teams from the emergency services and the council has been very impressive.

"I have had messages of support for the people of Jed from across the country. Everyone was struck by the television pictures and they are relieved that the cleanup is well under way."

Tory MSP John Lamont said: "These floods have caused a significant amount of damage in Jedburgh and we should all be grateful that no-one has been seriously hurt.

He added: "My thoughts are now with the homeowners and businesses who have been affected by the flooding.

"Floods such as this can cause a huge amount of damage and disruption and I am glad that the clean-up operation is already in full swing."

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