TEAMS from the Environment Agency were out clearing up the destruction left by Storm Ciara this week.

The Tyne Valley was hit by Storm Ciara at the weekend with heavy downpours and flooding caused in some areas.

A spokesman for the agency said they believed flood defences along the River Tyne in the Tyne Valley had held up despite the weather conditions.

The Environment Agency’s Cramlington Field Team were in the Tynedale area on Sunday all day until 5pm, clearing trash screen grilles in the Hexham and Acomb area.

The agency confirmed this week that river levels had dropped across its catchments in the area.

Earlier this week, data collection and validation teams were out across the area including in Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Corbridge, Ovingham, Bywell, Prudhoe, Barrasford, Chollerford, Bellingham, Otterburn, West Woodburn and Redesmouth.

An Environment Agency spokesman added: “Environment Agency teams remain out on the ground, operating flood defences and supporting communities that have been affected by the severe weather.”