WEATHER UPDATE: Eight flood alerts in Northumberland

A car splashes through standing water on  Alnwick Moor. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

A car splashes through standing water on Alnwick Moor. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

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Further rivers in Northumberland have been placed on flood alert following heavy rain overnight.

The Environment Agency has issued an amber warning for the Rivers Pont and Blyth, taking the total alerts to eight.

The flood gate at Rothbury was closed yesterday. Picture by Jane Coltman

The flood gate at Rothbury was closed yesterday. Picture by Jane Coltman

It said: “Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Pont and River Blyth area and levels in the Rivers Pont and Blyth have risen. We expect the river to remain high. Low lying land and roads are now being affected, including Ponteland Park. 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.

“The previous flood alerts on the coastal rivers of north Northumberland, Upper Coquet, Lower Coquet, Rede, Wansbeck, Till and the south bank of the Tweed remain in place.

The riverside flood gate at Rothbury remained closed during the night due to the rising river levels.

A red flood warning was issued for the River Wansbeck at Bothal and Sheepwash but this was removed this morning.

The northbound A1 sliproad to the A197 at Clifton was closed this morning because of flooding and police were last night warning motorists to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary as severe weather disrupted the region’s road networks.

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