Storm surge closes Amble road

The Braid in Amble was closed by the storm surge.
The Braid in Amble was closed by the storm surge.

The Braid in Amble was closed this afternoon when a tidal surge caused by an unusually high spring tide and stormy conditions flooded the road.

Inches of water poured over the road at around 3.30pm about an hour before high tide.

Police closed The Braid to traffic.

Gale force winds have been causing havoc across north Northumberland today, with trees blown down and electricity supplies cut.

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Northumbria Police is reinforcing earlier messages warning people to take extra care in the current weather conditions.

It follows a weather warning issued by the Met Office of gale force winds, large waves and a tidal surge caused by low pressure combined with high tides bringing a risk of significant coastal flooding.

There are reports that some rivers are starting burst their banks. People advised to stay away from coastal and riverside areas and avoid coastal paths, promenades, beaches and piers.

In particular, areas in Northumberland have been affected.

The strong winds are already causing disruption across the region and motorists are advised to take extra care, in particular high sided vehicles. Homeowners are advised to make sure any garden items are secure.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We recognise some members of the community will feel vulnerable at this time and officers along with other agencies are offering reassurance at every opportunity.

“Extra officers are on patrol in the areas expected to be worst hit and anyone concerned should speak to a local officer or ring 101.

“We’d urge members of the public to keep up to date with the latest situation - keep checking the Met Office and Environment Agency websites for information and updates and tune into local radio and TV.

“If you have no access to internet, you can ring the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188. This line has the latest information in relation to flood warnings and pre-recorded advice.

“If you are driving then stay safe, slow down and keep your distance. Make sure you are visible. Check ahead and make sure your destination isn’t an area affected by flooding.

“We would urge people to take note of the warnings that are being issued and if they are advised to avoid an area to heed that advice.”

Residents can access the latest ‘alert’ information at the environment agency website - or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Specific flood information is available at

Updates about the weather can be monitored on the Met Office website

Further information is available on local council websites, the Gazette website and the Northumbria Police website

In an emergency ring 999. If it is less urgent ring 101.

Northumbria Police is working as part of the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum which is made up of local authorities, emergency services, environment agency. The LRF is working closely to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of members of the public.