WEATHER UPDATE: Sixth flood alert on Northumberland rivers

A map showing the latest flood alert on the River Rede near Otterburn and the possible extent of the flooding (shaded area).

A map showing the latest flood alert on the River Rede near Otterburn and the possible extent of the flooding (shaded area).

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The Environment Agency has placed a new flood alert on a Northumberland river bringing the total to six.

The Rede is the latest river to come under threat from rising water levels after a day of squally, at times heavy, showers falling on already saturated land.

The amber alert, warning residents that flooding is possible and to be prepared, is in force in the Elishaw area, near Otterburn to the west of Rothbury.

The Environment Agency has said: "Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Rede area and levels in the River Rede are 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 are constantly monitoring river levels and have workers on standby to clear blockages and operate defences if required. This message will be updated by 12pm on Tuesday, January 5, or earlier if the situation changes. Levels for the River Rede can be viewed on our website. Situation last changed at 8:13pm on Monday, January 4, 2016."

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

The attached video tweet shows the river level on the Coquet at Rothbury this afternoon.

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