Prudhoe’s flood wardens have been busy following Storm Christoph last month.

Wardens have attended several properties in the town to lay sandbags in order to direct excess surface water away from resident’s homes.

Lead flood warden and Prudhoe town councillor Chris Barrett said: “Increased rainfall saw the River Tyne’s levels rise dangerously close to overflowing at Low Prudhoe and wardens continuously monitored the river to ensure homes and businesses were not at risk.

“We have been working closely with the Environment Agency to develop a flood plan for Prudhoe and identify properties which could be at risk.”

Prudhoe’s flood wardens are a group of local volunteers who responded to calls from the Environment Agency and Prudhoe Town Council under the creation of the local Flood Plan.

They can help their community prepare for floods, and support the town in times of flooding.

A yellow weather warning was put in place for Northumberland last month when Storm Christoph brought heavy rainfall.

Mayor of Prudhoe Coun. Tracy Gilmore said the river is not the only flood risk in the area.

“Prudhoe has a large number of natural springs meaning that even properties on higher ground are at risk,” she said.

“The ground in some areas have reached saturation point and in some points of the town surface drains have become overwhelmed by the volume of water.”

Coun. Gordon Stewart, county councillor for Prudhoe South, said: “We have had to hit the ground running but wardens have already proven their worth.

“We will never be able to stop Mother Nature but we can work with at-risk residents and businesses to limit the effects which flooding has.”