River level going down in Morpeth

The River Wansbeck by the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth at 9.15am this morning.
The River Wansbeck by the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth at 9.15am this morning.

The threat of further flooding in Morpeth has reduced.

The River Wansbeck level has gone down this morning after peaking just before midnight yesterday.

Areas affected last night included Abbey Mills, East Mill, the Riverside Leisure Centre car park and Oldgate, with Oldgate Bridge closed as a precautionary measure.

The upstream dam on the Mitford Estate came into operation to prevent flooding at dozens of properties by the river and flood gates at High Stanners were closed.

In addition, firefighters cleared stretches of Bennett’s Walk in Middle Greens and Mitford Road by pumping water back into the river.

According to the national GaugeMap website, the river reached 26.854m at its peak at 11.15pm last night. It reached 27.11m in the 2012 floods.

At 9am this morning, it was down to 25.94m. When we checked at 9.30am, the flood gates were still closed.

The latest update by the Environment Agency states: ‘The River Wansbeck level has peaked and will continue to fall through Wednesday.

‘No further significant rainfall is expected during Wednesday, although light showers continue.

‘We are continuing to monitor the situation closely. The flood gates at Morpeth will be re-opened when it is safe to do so.’