Floods bill causes concern

The full extent of damage to the Borders caused by one of the wettest years on record has been revealed.

A total of 54 properties, 33 businesses, two bowling clubs, one primary school and one playpark were affected by flash floods in 2012 which resulted in millions of pounds worth of damage. SBC - which was forced to shell out an extra £88,000 to pay for the impact of intense rainfall and the flash flooding - have warned further costly incidents are likely.

In a report to the environment and infrastructure committee, SBC’s Robert Young, Colin Ovens and David Green wrote: “There is a risk of continuing failures as a result of extreme weather conditions. Officers will continue to monitor the state of the asset through inspections, and will prioritise allocations to those areas of greatest need.”

In Duns, four homes suffered flood damage over four separate dates.