Flooding causes North East road closures

A community centre in Bowburn
Image caption A community centre in Bowburn, County Durham, is surrounded by water
Car in water

Flooding has forced the closure of some roads across the North East.

Diversions have been put in place on some routes in County Durham, Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts and flood warnings for the region.

Police forces are urging drivers to take care on the roads due to standing water. The problem has been caused by heavy run-off leaving drains unable to cope, said police.

A community centre in Bowburn, County Durham is surrounded by water.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Emergency services and local authorities are dealing with localised flooding.

"Water running off embankments is causing issues with drains unable to cope with the volume of water."

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