Massive downpour swells rivers to bursting point

The scene in Warkworth which escaped the flooding quite lightly.
The scene in Warkworth which escaped the flooding quite lightly.

Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc across Northumberland earlier this week, as rivers burst their banks, roads were closed and property was damaged.

More than 100mm of rain fell across the North East on Monday and Tuesday as the vile weather battered the region.

In Rothbury, a parked 4x4 was swept away by the raging River Coquet while a video posted onto Facebook showed a shed being carried off further down stream between Warkworth and Amble.

Gazette reader Ian Moyes heard a boat crack before it disappeared beneath the waves in the Coquet estuary.

Properties in Netherton, Thropton and Rothbury were flooded.

A number of warnings were issued by the Environment Agency for the Coquet, including at Brinkburn, Warkworth and Felton.

Alerts were issued for coastal rivers such as the Aln and Waren Burn.

One resident in Warkworth, who lives at The Stanners, said she had a sleepless night on Monday. But while the banks burst, the water levels did not reach those of 2008.

Motorists felt the brunt of the deluge, with some roads being closed and others were left impassable.

Sections of the A1, including at Swarland and Tritlington, were affected by the deluge.

The B6344 at Weldon Bridge remains closed due to significant structural damage.