Flooding in County Durham prompts road closures

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Parts of County Durham have been affected by local flash flooding which has caused some road closures.

Police are warning that bridges in Whorlton and Kinninvie, near Barnard Castle, have been closed.

The A691 at Lanchester was temporarily closed due to surface water but is now passable with care.

Durham Police said contingency plans were now being put in place to prepare for possible further extreme weather which is forecast for the weekend.

'Be patient'

Supt Graham Hall said: "We're working with our colleagues in the other emergency services, and in the meantime, we're reminding motorists to drive with extreme care through surface water.

"They should moderate their speed and be aware that surface water may be deeper than it looks.

"People should also look out for their neighbours, especially those who may be elderly or vulnerable.

"During times of extreme weather, we do experience a higher than normal number of calls into our control room.

"I would ask people to be patient and only ring 999 if they require emergency police assistance."

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