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Flood alert issued for River Ure

A general view of the fast flowing and swollen River Ure at Aysgarth Falls, North Yorkshire Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Upper River Ure in North Yorkshire.

The alert has been issued in response to heaving rainfall over the last three hours. Further rainfall is expected.

Flooding is possible for the river and tributaries from its source downstream to Kilgram. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

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Government say they're investing record amounts in flood defences in response to critical MPs' report

The government have said they're investing record amounts in flood protection schemes in response to a report by MPs which claims its failing to protect communities.

The report by the Environmental Audit Comittee says the North East needs more reassurance from the government on future flood protection.

A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:

“Our six-year capital investment programme for flood defences will bring an end to year-on-year fluctuations in spending so communities can have certainty in future funding.

“Our National Flood Resilience Review will be published shortly, delivering immediate actions to better protect communities ahead of this winter.

“This will be followed by our 25-year environment plan later this year setting out a new approach to managing our rivers across whole catchments, keeping homes, businesses and infrastructure safer from flooding.

“We continue to invest record amounts to protect the nation against the threat of flooding - £2.3bn in flood defences, with an extra £700m announced in the Budget, to better protect more than 300,000 properties.”

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Pictures: goods vehicles overturned by Storm Henry

Three goods vehicles have overturned in high winds whipped up by Storm Henry.

A white van and lorry overturned within a quarter of a mile of each other on the A66 County Durham-Cumbrian border, near the Stainmore Cafe.

Overturned van on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Overturned lorry on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Further north, on the A1, near junction 60 in Country Durham, another lorry was knocked over by the high winds.

Overturned lorry on the A1. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Co Durham road closed following landslip

Frosterley landslip

A landslip has forced the closure of the road between Frosterley and Stanhope.

Following an inspection of the site where the slip occurred on the C75 back road, Durham County Council has closed the road to ensure public safety.

Traffic is being redirected via the A689 and diversion signs will be in place as soon as

The landslip happened some time during the weekend following heavy rainfall and the stormy conditions.

It is thought repairs could take several months.

High winds topple three commercial vehicles in our region

Police say that some van and lorry drivers appear to be ignoring their advice not to use certain routes in high winds after three commercial vehicles overturned.

Two of them are within a quarter mile stretch of each other on the County Durham/ Cumbrian border.

One lorry and a large white van have gone over on the A66 eastbound close to the Stainmore Cafe near Kirkby Stephen.

And on the A1 southbound, near the A689 turnoff at junction 60, a third lorry has overturned.

Police say this is a sign that the winds are strengthening because this accident happened on lower ground.

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