Town Hall on stand-by in case of flooding

High river level and debris around Mathesons Gardens in Morpeth this morning.
High river level and debris around Mathesons Gardens in Morpeth this morning.

Morpeth Town Hall was put on stand-by after the threat of flooding increased in the early hours of this morning.

As the level of the River Wansbeck rose, the building was opened at about 12.30am.

The town council was informed that the flood gates at High Stanners would potentially be closed and this happened at 3am.

Clerk Tracey Bell said: “In accordance with the community agreement for flooding situations in Morpeth, the Town Hall was opened in case it was needed as a place to go for people evacuated from their homes.

“I spoke to Environment Agency staff when they closed the flood gates and there were regular updates from the emergency command and control team set up at West Hartford Fire Station.

“There was a possibility that people from the Bothal and Sheepwash areas would have to be taken to the hall in mini-buses, but thankfully the stand-down message for this particular situation came at about 5.30am.

“I kept the Mayor (Alison Byard) informed and she was on stand-by to come along to assist if needed.”

She added that the council will be ready to open the hall at night again if required this evening.

If you have any pictures of the river or localised flooding, please send them to morpeth.herald@jpress.co.uk