WEATHER UPDATE: Five flood alerts issued in Northumberland

The flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency. The shaded areas show the potential extent of flooding.
The flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency. The shaded areas show the potential extent of flooding.
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Five areas in Northumberland have been issued with flood alert in the face of persistent rain and high winds.

The stormy weather was predicted by the Met Office, which gave the county a yellow warning to be aware of spells of heavy rain and the potential for localised flooding.

Now the Environment Agency has placed five amber flood alerts (flooding is possible, be prepared) in Northumberland.

They include the 'coastal rivers in north Northumberland' and the accompanying message warns: "Over the weekend, we have seen sporadic rainfall in the Northumberland area, a more persistant band has moved in on Sunday evening and will clear to the North by mid morning on Monday, although persistent showers are likely to continue through the early part of the week. River levels are now rising. We expect rivers to remain high and rise further, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. The main areas of concern are Belford and Waren Mill. Low lying land and roads may be affected. At the moment, we do not expect to issue any Flood Warnings for this area, although the situation is changeable. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have workers on standby to clear blockages and operate defences if required. This message will be updated by midday on Monday or earlier if the situation changes."

Other flood alerts, with similar warnings, are:

River Wansbeck: "The river is now rising, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. However, we may be closing the flood gates at Morpeth overnight tonight. Take action now to move vehicles parked on the riverside."

Lower River Coquet: "The Lower River Coquet is now rising. We expect the river to remain high and rise further, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. Low lying land and roads may be affected. At the moment, we do not expect to issue any Flood Warnings for this area, although the situation is changeable. We do not currently expect to need to shut the gates at Warkworth."

Upper River Coquet: "The Upper River Coquet is now rising. We expect the river to remain high and rise further, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. Low lying land and roads may be affected. At the moment, we do not expect to issue any Flood Warnings for this area, although the situation is changeable. However, we may be closing the flood gates at Rothbury overnight tonight. Take action now to move vehicles parked on the riverside.

River Tweed South Bank: "The River Tweed is now rising. We expect the river to remain high and rise further, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. Low lying land and roads may be affected. At the moment, we do not expect to issue any Flood Warnings for this area, although the situation is changeable.

In England and Wales, there are currently 36 flood warnings in place, where flooding is expected and immediate action is required. There are 200 flood alerts in force.