WEATHER UPDATE: Five flood warnings issued for Northumberland

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There are now five flood warnings for parts of Northumberland, as more heavy rain fell in the region overnight.

Residents in parts of Lower Stanners and Youngers Terrace, in Warkworth, were alerted to the possibility of flooding during the night after the Environment Agency issued its fifth warning.

But it says the river level at Morwick has now peaked and is expected to start falling gradually during the morning, although the flood warning is still in force.

Flood warnings are also in place for the Coquet at Felton Riverside, where the river was predicted to peak at 4:30am; and at Brinkburn and Weldon, although again river levels are expected to fall during the day.

The Agency says on its website: 'River levels on the River Coquet at Felton remain high. Light rain and showers are expected throughout the rest of today but these are not currently expected to raise river levels. River levels are expected to continue to fall gradually through Wednesday morning. We are continuing to monitor the situation and this message will be updated by 4pm on Wednesday 6th January.'

A flood warning was issued as a precaution for the River Font at Netherwitton and Longshaws Mill, where Environment Agency staff are monitoring the situation.

The River Pont at Kirkley Mill, Darras Hall and Prestwick Carr is also on flood warning. River levels are currently high and are expected to remain high before falling gradually from mid-morning.

There are nine flood alerts in place for Northumberland: Upper Coquet; Lower Coquet; north Northumberland coastal rivers; Rede; Till; Tweed South Bank; Wansbeck; North Tyne and Pont and Blyth.

Nationally, there are currently 30 flood warnings (flooding is expected; immediate action required) and 114 flood alerts (flooding is possible; be prepared) in place.

In Morpeth last night, fire crews were busy clearing a stretch of Bennett's Walk and rising waters prompted the closure of Oldgate Bridge.