WEATHER UPDATE: Further red warnings for flooding issued in Northumberland

A map showing the flood warnings in place on the River Coquet.

A map showing the flood warnings in place on the River Coquet.

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Further flood warnings have been issued along the River Coquet and the River Wansbeck.

Earlier today, the Environment Agency gave a flood warning for the Coquet at Brinkburn and Weldon, saying flooding to property was expected from 8.30pm. It also issued a flood warning for the River Wansbeck at Bothal and Sheepwash, warning that flooding to property, in particular at Sheepwash Gardens, was expected from 8.15pm. These warnings are still in place.

Now, the Agency has issued a further warning along the Coquet, at Felton Riverside, as well as two more warnings along the Wansbeck at Abbey Mills and East Mill and Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre.

Regarding the situation at Felton, the Agency says: 'River levels are rising on the River Coquet. Further rainfall is expected throughout the rest of the evening and river levels are expected to remain high into tomorrow morning. Flooding to properties is expected from approximately 11pm this evening. We are continuing to monitor the situation.'

In relation to flooding at Abbey Mills, as well as East Mill and Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre, the Agency's website states that flooding to properties was expected between 9pm and 10pm this evening.

A flood warning has also been issued along the River Font at Netherwitton and Longshaws Mill as a precaution. The Agency states: 'River levels are currently rising on the River Font. Further rainfall is expected throughout the rest of the night and river levels are expected to remain high into tomorrow morning. We are aware that river levels on the internet is not currently updating. We have staff on site to monitor the situation and we are issuing this flood warning as a precaution. The forecast is uncertain, but we are continuing to monitor the situation.'

Nationally, there are currently 31 flood warnings (flooding is expected; immediate action required) and 118 flood alerts (flooding is possible; be prepared) in place.

The Met Office today issued an amber warning of rain for today and also extended its yellow warning of rain until 6am.