Page last updated at 10:33 GMT, Tuesday, 9 September 2008 11:33 UK

Flood repairs operation under way

Bridge damage
Substantial damage was caused to roads in the area

Work has begun to repair roads and bridges damaged when floodwaters swept through a Borders valley.

About 25 homes were cut off around Bowmont and the Kale Valley, near Yetholm, after the Kale Water overflowed at the weekend.

Intense rainfall resulted in serious damage to road bridges and also the loss of some electricity supplies.

Scottish Borders Council has set up a helpline to offer assistance and advice to people in the affected area.

Emergency planning officer Ian Hogarth said it would take some time for services to return to normal.

However, it is hoped that a bridge at Clifton closed due to flood damage can be reopened by the end of the week.

A site has also been identified for a temporary road bridge in the area and it is hoped it could be put in place within six weeks.

All the households in the area now have either mains power or a generator.

'Working hard'

BT is working to repair any outstanding telephone problems.

Mr Hogarth said: "All the agencies involved are fully aware of the impact that the flooding has had on the communities in the Bowmont and Kale valleys."

He said they were "working hard" to resolve the remaining issues but added that "restoring everything to normality will take some time".

Further rain is expected in the area but it is not anticipated it will cause flooding.

The council helpline number for residents in the area is 01835 826546 which operates between 0900 BST and 1630 BST.

An out-of-hours service is available on 01896 752111.

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