FLOOD management plans for the Borders will be in place until 2028, council says.

The Tweed, Solway and Forth Estuary local flood risk management plans (LFRMP) have been published by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and highlight how flooding will be handled in each area.

The three plans also outline ongoing and potential flood protection projects.

The Tweed LFRMP includes the delivery of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, as well as possible schemes in Peebles, covering the Tweed and Eddleston Water, and at Slitrig in Hawick.

Studies for Bonchester Bridge and Jedburgh also feature in the Tweed LFRMP.

Councillor Jenny Linehan, SBC’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “The development of these plans, including the identification of potential flood protection schemes, is critical to accessing national funding to help protect our communities most at risk of flooding.

“The schemes already delivered in Selkirk, on the Skiprunning Burn in Jedburgh and at Netherdale in Galashiels have shown the value of investment into flood protection.

"Despite not yet being complete, the Hawick scheme has on various occasions prevented or minimised flooding in the community too.

“Other communities remain at risk though and we are committed to working with our partners to find solutions in those locations.”

As the lead authority for the Tweed LFRMP, SBC was responsible for drawing up a delivery plan which highlights how flood risk would be managed, funded and delivered over the next five years.

The LFRMP has been drawn up by SBC alongside the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The plans produced by the two bodies are then considered by Scottish Government ministers when funding for flood protections becomes available.

The council has also contributed to the Solway LFRMP – which covers Newcastleton – and the Forth Estuary LFRMP, covering the Berwickshire coast.

The plans are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/floodplans.