FOR the second weekend in a row, Tynedale was battered by heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Dennis caused disruption across the UK.

However, the district got off comparatively lightly compared with other parts of the country.

On Saturday, three flood warnings advising immediate action were put in place, while a further four flood alerts were urging residents to be prepared.

The Environment Agency put the warnings in place as the River Tyne, River Rede, River South Tyne and River North Tyne were all being closely monitored.

A section of the A69 at Melkridge was closed after the road became flooded due to heavy rainfall, with part of the eastbound carriageway impassable due to standing water.

Elsewhere, river levels rose on the River North Tyne at Kielder as a result of heavy rainfall and snow melt.

Flooding was also expected along the River Rede at Otterburn, West Woodburn and Redesmouth, and along the River South Tyne at Haydon Bridge, but the worst of the storm missed the Tyne Valley.

However, with further rain expected throughout the week, the Met Office has warned that further floods could occur.