Environment Agency warns of flood risk in north-east England

  • 10 July 2012
  • From the section UK
Heavy rain in County Durham
Image caption The North East has already suffered severe flooding

The Environment Agency has warned people across the north-east of England to prepare for further possible flooding with more heavy rain forecast.

Parts of the region have already seen more than a month's rainfall in just a few days, with flash flooding on Tyneside and in County Durham.

The agency has yet to issue any alerts or warnings in the region but said the situation could change quickly.

Heavy and persistent rain is expected to move into the region.

An agency spokesman said: "We are expecting rain to move into the North East and North Yorkshire late on Tuesday and on Wednesday.

"This could result in flood alerts and some flood warnings being issued for rivers across the North East.

"Many river catchments are saturated and are extremely sensitive, so the Environment Agency is warning people to be vigilant.

"We are urging the public to check local weather forecasts and the Environment Agency website for information.

"We have mobilised teams across the region to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

"The North East has experienced some severe weather in recent weeks, and with further rain forecast we would urge the public to remain alert."

A flood warning means immediate action is required, and a flood alert means people should be prepared for possible flooding.

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