We are being warned flash flooding could soon become a normal part of our summers.
A multi-million flood defence scheme for Morpeth is expected to be finished later than planned and £5 million over-budget.
The North East was one of a handful of regions involved in the very first Britain in Bloom in 1964. Since then, it has grown and grown.
There's a warning that summer storms that have affected our region in recent years could become a regular occurrence. A report published today by the MET office warns that we are likely to get more intense rain storms as a result of climate change.
Experts say the hole, which opened up in Hotspur Street in Alnwick yesterday, needs to be cleared before it can be re-filled.
Northumberland County Council says, hopefully, Hotspur Street, where the hole appeared, will re-open tomorrow afternoon.
Traffic has been diverted after part of a road collapsed in Alnwick in Northumberland.
It first appeared on Hotspur Street and has since grown in size.
Part of a road has collapsed in Alnwick in Northumberland.
It first appeared on Hotspur Street just after mid-day today and has since grown in size.
The road is currently closed while the emergency services assess the situation.
New defences to protect Morpeth from future flooding are expected to be completed by Christmas.
But the scheme, which is jointly funded by the council and environment agency, is expected to go over budget by around £5m.
The project involves building flood walls in areas of the town affected by flooding and also creating the huge dam which will hold back up 1.4m cubic metres of water - the equivalent of 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
It means the town will have the capacity to deal with the sort of water levels experienced in 2008.
The total cost of the flood defences is around £25m.