MEMBERS of a Borders Community Group which was set up following flooding in 2015 intend to meet with local councillors and officials to address flooding issues and find a way to prevent similar damage in the future.

Tweeddale suffered some of its worst flooding in almost a decade after the River Tweed burst its banks last Friday.

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A woman, 55, died in hospital after being airlifted from flood waters at Walkerburn in the early hours of Hogmanay.

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Elsewhere, in Peebles around 20 houses on both sides of Tweed Avenue were affected by flooding and six cars were submerged between School Brae and the Drill Hall.

The perimeter fencing and wall at the Gytes was knocked down and technical area benches were uprooted with debris strewn over the pitch rendering it unplayable.

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Scottish Borders Council staff provided sandbags in advance of the flood and the town’s resilient group were also quick to respond opening the Burgh Hall to help residents affected by the flooding.

The following day around 20 volunteers turned up to help with the mop up operation which included removing sodden carpets to prevent further damage to wooden floors.

Among the volunteers were local councillors Robin Tatler, Julie Pirone and Drummond Begg.

Paul Spence, co-leader of the Peebles Resilient Community Group told ITV Borders: “We do intend to meet with local councillors and local officials to try and address these situations.

“It was only seven years ago that it happened before and we really need to look at preventing this.”