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Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Flood alerts on rivers

FLOOD alerts have been placed on many of Tynedale's rivers and their tributaries during the weekend and residents are being urged to be aware of the risk of flooding.

Tyne in flood

Milder temperatures have prompted a rapid thaw of much of the snow which caused chaos across the district last week.
This, coupled with a forecast of heavy rain and strong winds for the week ahead, has prompted experts from the Environment Agency to issue the alerts.
The River Tyne between Hexham and Wylam, as well as the South Tyne, North Tyne and the River Rede from Catcleugh Reservoir to the Redesmouth, were all made the subject of flood alerts at 7.40pm on Saturday.
Saturated ground and rising water levels saw a flood alert introduced for the River Pont in Ponteland at 1.30pm on Sunday.

There were reports on Monday morning that the road between West Woodburn and Bellingham was closed because of flooding.