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River Rede in Northumberland bursts its banks

A flood warning has been lifted for the River Rede at Otterburn, West Woodburn and Redesmouth in Northumberland after the river burst its banks on Saturday night, following a day of persistent heavy rain.

Flood warnings and flood alerts across Northumberland. Credit: Environment Agency

Around thirty homes in the Otterburn area were flooded, while many roads were left impassable due to flood water.

The Environment Agency which is closely monitoring the situation has said river levels are now falling and are expected to continue to fall throughout Sunday morning.

Areas most at risk are properties around Otterburn Bridge, Mill House and Brownchesters, in Otterburn. As well as, White Acre, the Close, Bridge End, Brae Well Close and Redeside in West Woodburn and Redesmouth Mill in Redesmouth.

The River Rede in Northumberland. Credit: ITV News

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On Saturday evening, Northumbria Police were asking the public to be careful after reports of drivers getting stuck in flooded areas.

The force took to Twitter to remind road users to be 'cautious and try to find alternative routes where possible'.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called out to a number of people stuck in their vehicles, as well as some flooded properties in the Otterburn and Rothbury areas.

Flooding in West Woodburn Credit: ITV News

The flood gates at Morpeth have been closed as river levels in the town are high, but no properties are expected to be flooded.

West Woodburn, Northumberland Credit: ITV News
West Woodburn after the River Rede burst its banks. Credit: ITV News