Storm Eva: Northumberland rivers to flood in several locations

Flooding near the River Coquet at Warkworth. Picture by Phill Armstrong
Flooding near the River Coquet at Warkworth. Picture by Phill Armstrong

The Environment Agency has updated flood warnings for some of Northumberland's rivers stating that 'property flooding could be seen this afternoon'.

At 1.50pm, a red flood warning was put in place for the River Coquet which means flooding is 'expected' and immediate action should be taken.

The latest information from the body said: 'Rain overnight and throughout this morning (Saturday, December 26) has caused the River Coquet to rise. The river is out of bank and flooding low lying land and roads in several locations.

'River levels are rising significantly and property flooding could be seen this afternoon. Rainfall is expected to continue during Saturday, December 26, meaning river levels will remain high throughout the rest of the day.

'We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated by 8pm or earlier if the situation changes. River levels for the River Coquet can be viewed on our website.'

Both the lower and upper River Coquet is expected to remain high until tomorrow morning.

There is currently disruption on the A697 at Wooler with reports that the road is 'just passable' between the B6348 Weetwood Road junction and the Brewery Road junction, because of flooding.

There is also an amber flood alert on the River Rede near Otterburn and further south in the county there are amber flood alerts and red flood warnings in place for the River Tyne at Chollerford, Corbridge, and Bywell.

At 3.15, the River Wansbeck at Morpeth stood at 25.611m high and no flood warnings were in place.

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.