Flood water enters town centre

Rescue teams come to the aid of stricken residents in Morpeth. Picture by NorthNews.

Rescue teams come to the aid of stricken residents in Morpeth. Picture by NorthNews.

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FLOOD water has breached the river banks in Morpeth and is entering the town centre.

In scenes which will echo the flooding in the town in September 2008, the River Wansbeck broke its banks just before 11am this morning, leaving part of the town centre flooded.

Extra officers from Northumbria Police have been dispatched to the town to help with the evacuation of residents and businesses.

A rest centre has been set up at King Edward VI High School in the town for residents, with transport being provided from Morpeth Town Hall.

Around 90 residents from the Dawson Place area of Morpeth have been evacuated as a precaution.

Northumbria Police is now working with Northumberland County Council to get people to the rest centres.