Flood Alert Info - River Gaunless

Area Description

The River Gaunless and its tributaries .
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 21:02
River Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
River levels are falling on the River Gaunless, but levels in Spring Gardens Dam remain high. No further significant rainfall is expected through Saturday night, 16/03/2019 and Sunday 17/03/2019. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads near the River Gaunless and its tributaries. Flooding of properties is not currently expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 10:00, 17/03/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 17:05
River Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
River levels remain high on the River Gaunless as a result of rainfall throughout Saturday 16 March 2019. Consequently, flooding is possible between 12:30 today, 16/03/2019 and the early hours of Sunday morning, 17/03/2019. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads near the River Gaunless and its tributaries. Flooding of properties is not currently expected. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences. No further significant rainfall is expected. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 21:00, 16/03/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 11:47
River Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
River levels have started to rise on the River Gaunless as a result of heavy rainfall, with further rain expected throughout the day. Consequently, flooding is possible between 12:30 today, 16/03/2019 and the early hours of Sunday morning, 17/03/2019. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads near the River Gaunless and its tributaries. Flooding of properties is not currently expected. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences. Further rainfall is forecast throughout the rest of Saturday, 16/03/2019. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 17:00, 16/03/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Apr 2018 18:46
River Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
Over the last few hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the County Durham area. This has meant that the River Gaunless is now rising and will peak through the night. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river this evening and into tomorrow morning (Thursday 5th April). We will continue to monitor the situation but no flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Spring Gardens Dam is operational, reducing flood risk to downstream areas. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. This message will be updated at 9am tomorrow (Thursday 5th April) or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2018 05:41
River Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
Over Monday night we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Gaunless area. A combination of this and melting snow is causing rivers to rise. The main area of concern is Oakley Cross Beck, where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from 6am (Tuesday 6th March 2018) and throughout Tuesday morning. We expect the river to remain high throughout today. The Oakley Cross Beck is being monitored, please be aware of the potential for flood warnings in this area. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. We are monitoring river levels closely and our operational teams are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages from rivers. This message will be updated at 6pm today or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Jan 2018 18:32
Rivers Gaunless, Oakley Cross Beck
Heavy rainfall has been observed in the River Gaunless area. This has meant that the River Gaunless is now rising. There may be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river, however we do not expect flooding to properties, and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. This message will be updated by 10am Friday 5th Jan or earlier if the situation changes.