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5 July 2012, 06:08
The Met Office have issued a weather warning for the region - with concerns over flooding in some places.
More than a month's rain is expected to fall over just two days in parts of the UK this week - including here in the North East
The warnings mean there's concerns over flooding and disruption tomorrow and Saturday.
There's a warning in place for the whole region from Friday (6th July) which is valid from 00:05 until 23:55 - with a chance of heavy and persistent rain which is likely to lead to surface water flooding and a chance of some river flooding.
Advice From The Met Office
'Some flooding of homes, businesses and transport links possible. Disruption to travel likely. Disruption to gas, electricity, water supplies and telecoms. Some evacuations may be required. Be prepared to protect yourself and your property.
Before the flood
* Find out if you are at risk of flooding on the Environment Agency's website (link below).
* Find out if you can receive a flood warning by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188
* Create a personal flood plan.
* Prepare a flood kit of essential items such as your insurance documents, a torch, a wind-up or battery radio, warm clothing and blankets, a first aid kit and any prescription medicine, and bottled water and non-perishable foods.
During the flood
* Flood water is dangerous - six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car.
* Avoid walking or driving through flood water. Stay safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services and evacuate if told to do so. * Gather essential items together either upstairs or in a high place.
* Fill jugs and saucepans with clean water.
* Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when flood water is about to enter your home and if safe to do so.
* DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
After the flood
* Find out from the emergency services if it is safe to re-enter your property.
* Take care when re-entering your property as there may be hidden dangers caused by flooding such as structural damage and contamination. * Ring your buildings and contents insurance companies. Take photos of the damage to your property.
For more information go to the following pages:
You can also call the Environment Agency's Floodline on 0845 988 1188