Residents urged to check flood risk

The swollen River Coquet in Rothbury earlier this month.

The swollen River Coquet in Rothbury earlier this month.

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The Environment Agency is warning residents and businesses in the North East to check their flood risk as rain continues.

As of 10am this morning, there were three flood warnings in place in the North East, as well as 17 flood alerts in place across the region.

Rain is expected to continue for the rest of the day and residents are urged to keep a close eye on weather forecasts, and check their flood risk.

The North East Incident Room is open and throughout Christmas Environment Agency staff have been working around the clock to check and maintain flood defences, clear bockages, keep screens clear and monitor water levels.

The Environment Agency’s Paul Constantine said: "The heavy rain through Christmas Day afternoon and overnight has led to high river levels across the North East.

"It's expected rain will continue throughout Boxing Day so it’s vital people keep up to date with the latest flood warning information.

"Current forecasts suggest the rain will ease off later this evening but we’re continuing to closely monitor forecasts and river levels and will issue more alerts and warnings if necessary through today.

"We’ve had teams out on the ground monitoring river levels and removing blockages from screens to keep the rivers flowing, and we’re working closely with our partners.

"People are advised to stay away from swollen rivers and if you are travelling, check the flood risk before you set off. The public should not attempt to drive through flood water – 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car."

Residents and businesses are advised to be prepared and check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. They can also stay up to date by following @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter.