December 2009

  • 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)

    November 2009

  • 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.


    October 2009

  • 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).