Flood warning issued for North East as heavy rain expected

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The Environment Agency is warning residents and businesses in the North East to check their flood risk ahead of predicted heavy rainfall this weekend.

Forecasts suggest that a band of heavy and persistent rain will pass over the region from the west from Saturday evening into Sunday evening, posing significant risks of surface water flooding and the potential for flooding from rivers.

The flood risk comes as heavy and persistent rainfall affects parts of northern England on Saturday evening into Sunday. The outlook is set to remain unsettled into next week.

Residents and businesses are advised to check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation here, or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

If travelling, the public should not attempt to drive through flood water – 30 centimetres of flowing water is enough to move your car.

Phil Welton, flood risk manager for Northumberland, Durham and Tees, said: “River levels across northern England are already high and are expected to rise with this further heavy rainfall, bringing with them a risk of flooding.

“We are working closely with the emergency services and partners to prepare ahead of the weekend. Our teams are already in action clearing watercourses, maintaining existing defences and monitoring the river levels closely.

“We urge people to be prepared by checking their flood risk and keeping up to date with the latest situation at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or follow @EnvAgency, @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”