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Surface flooding closes North East roads

Northumberland and County Durham suffered road closures this weekend due to surface water flooding after heavy rainfall on Saturday.

The Environment Agency worked over the weekend to reduce flood risk by checking that rivers were clear in Stockton, Neasham, Crook and Spring Garden Dam, and clearing a blocked culvert in Morpeth.

The Highways Agency said none of its roads were affected.

This morning an Environment Agency flood warning for the Rivers Pont and Blyth and their tributaries was still in force. However, the agency said: “Despite there being only one flood alert in the North East, localised flooding is still possible.”

Northumberland County Council said its main area of concern for continued flooding was the north of the county towards Borders and Berwick.

The Environment Agency issued flood alerts for the River Pont and River Blyth on Saturday, amid fears that river levels would rise slowly. River levels were said to have remained high on Sunday, but were expected to fall slowly today.

Northumberland County Council executive member for public protection Anita Romer said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and county council officers will be working throughout the night to ensure that they are able to respond to changes in the weather across the county.”

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