The Environment Agency is urging residents and businesses in the North East to ensure they know their flood risk and sign up to receive flood warnings.
There are high sign-up rates in Warkworth and Rothbury, both of which have experienced flooding in the past, but sign-ups are much lower elsewhere.
It comes as the Agency’s annual awareness-raising campaign was launched today.
Check to see if free flood warnings are available in your community by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting the website – www.gov.uk/floodsdestroy
The Environment Agency’s Ben McCarthy, flood resilience team leader for Northumberland, Durham and Tees, said: “Flooding can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, with as many as one in six properties at risk of flooding in the UK.
“So it’s essential that people understand the risks that flooding poses to property and personal safety and that they find out what they can do to keep themselves warned and informed against any future flood risk.
“While we work hard together with our partners to reduce the risk of flooding to properties across the North East, there are many useful precautions people can take, including ensuring they know their flood risk and signing up to receive flood warnings.”