Prepare for flooding in North East: Environment Agency

Flooding in Loftus
Image caption Floods have already hit Loftus, on Teesside

There is a risk of further flooding and standing water across Teesside and North Yorkshire, the Environment Agency has warned.

Heavy overnight rain caused river levels to rise, triggering a number of flood alerts in the region.

Many rivers are full and land is already saturated, with more rain expected on Sunday and Monday.

The agency said more flooding was "likely" with the possibility of some disruption.

It said emergency teams had been monitoring river levels, clearing blockages from watercourses and operating pumping stations and washlands (flood storage areas) to try to manage river levels.

'Extra care'

Flood risk manager Phil Younge urged people "to prepare for possible flooding".

"Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding," he added.

Image caption Firefighters have been dealing with flooding in Saltburn on Teesside

"We are continuing to deploy teams across the country to warn communities at risk."

There are a number of flood warnings and alerts in place across the region, with the possibility further will be issued.

Police are asking motorists to take extra care, warning of standing water on many roads throughout the area.

Several of the region's roads have been affected, including the A19 at Hutton Henry and Sheraton, the A690 in County Durham, the A66 at Long Newton, the A177 at Sedgefield and the A689 at Wynyard.

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