Firefighters have been called to a massive fire at a recycling company on Huntsman Drive, in Port Clarence.
The blaze, at Impetus, reportedly involves around 7,000 tonnes of compact recycling waste, and there are five fire appliances at the scene.
Police are diverting traffic away from the area surrounding Port Clarence on Teesside.
They say around 300 homes have been evacuated in anticipation of the tidal surge forecast for around 1700 (December 5).
Port Clarence is close to the River Tees.
Cleveland Police say around 300 homes in Port Clarence are being evacuated because of the possibility of flooding caused by today's tidal surge (December 5).
Residents are being directed to a rest centre by staff on the ground.
The emergency services will remain at the scene of a huge fire on Teesside - until the blaze burns itself out. Fire-fighters were called to a wood recyling plant in Port Clarence on Saturday. The flames are now under control but the site is full of red hot debris.
Jonny Blair reports from the Port Clarence fire on Teesside.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a huge fire began at a wood recycling plant on Teesside. The blaze started on Saturday morning - and is still burning. Fire crews say it could be another four days.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a huge fire at a wood recycling plant on Teesside.
The men - in their late teens and early 20's - were detained yesterday. The blaze, at Port Clarence, started on Saturday and is still burning.
All three have been released on police bail.