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Flood barriers erected on Newcastle's Quayside in wake of Storm Caroline

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Flood barriers have been erected alongside Newcastle's quayside in anticipation of Storm Caroline.

The Environment Agency are warning people to be prepared for high tides, large waves carrying debris and possible flooding along the North East coast from today THURS and into the weekend.

They say Storm Caroline will result in some large waves and higher sea levels along the region’s coast as strong winds combine with high tides.

As a precaution, the Environment Agency is putting up 250m of temporary barriers along Newcastle quayside as the weather conditions create a surge.

Jamie Fletcher, from the Environment Agency in the north east, said:

Storm Caroline will result in some large waves and higher sea levels on the north east coast.

“These conditions bring the risk of localised flooding around high tide times.

"As a precaution we are putting up some temporary barriers at Newcastle quayside. The Quayside remains open for business as usual throughout.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue flood alerts and warnings if necessary. "Communities should check their flood risk and stay up to date with the latest situation.”

– Jamie Fletcher, Environment Agency

Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Cllr Ged Bell, added:

Residents and businesses can suffer serious disruption when they are flooded so I welcome the deployment of these barriers as a precautionary measure.

“We work very closely with the Environment Agency when the barriers need to be deployed along Newcastle Quayside.

"Residents and businesses can be assured that our plans are well rehearsed.”

– Newcastle City Council

Communities have also been advised to stay away from coastal areas as the conditions could result in some wave overtopping.