Initial consultation with key
organisations and landowners such as Scottish Water, Selkirk Community
Council, The Tweed Commission, SRFC, Scottish Borders and Eildon
Housing Associations and Philiphaugh and Buccleuch Estates was
undertaken in early December 2009. Initial discussions with the
Scottish Government was undertaken just before Christmas 2009.
An article appeared in the Selkirk
Advertiser just before Christmas (more)
On the 19th November, nearly four
inches of rain fell in the higher parts of the Western Borders, from
the same weather system that brought record breaking rainfall to
Cumbria. The rain fell on to saturated ground and quickly brought
severe flood warnings (issued by SEPA) on the Ettrick, Yarrow and
Teviot. Although most of Selkirk was spared widespread flooding, the
levels were close to overtopping the flood embankment at Riverside and
several properties at Lindean were inundated. The Glendinning garage on
Mill Street was also reported to have suffered flooding as a result of
blockages to the Mill Burn culvert inlet.
The recently completed sedimentation
ponds on the Long Philip Burn are put to the test
The flood event which the Scheme will
defend against is much more severe than the November 2009 and September
1977 events on the Ettrick and more severe than the May 2003 event on
the Long Philip Burn.
The contract between Scottish Borders
Council and Halcrow Group Limited was awarded on 16th October 2009.
Scottish Borders Council completed the
construction of an innovative project on the Long Philip Burn to
prevent sediment from obstructing the bridges which carry the A708 and
A707 across the burn at Philiphaugh. Before the sedimentation ponds
were constructed, rocks and gravel carried down from the valley would
naturally build up under the bridges, posing a substantial flood risk
and creating difficulties for SBC to access to remove the material (more).