Flood Alert Info - Upper River Coquet

Area Description

Upper River Coquet, River Alwin and their tributaries from source to Pauperhaugh.
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

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2021 14:08
River Coquet, River Alwin
Rising temperature is causing snow melt and river levels on the River Coquet are rising. Levels are expected to peak on Tuesday night, however further rain forecast later this week could cause the river to respond again. The River Coquet has recently changed course naturally and more water is now flowing into Caistron Lakes.There is a risk that additional water will be released from the lakes causing the river to rise quicker than usual. The main risk areas are the floodplain downstream of Caistron Lakes, Thropton & Rothbury.Land users should be prepared to move livestock and property to higher ground and the public should stay away from the river. We don’t expect properties to be affected or to issue Flood Warnings. We are closely monitoring the situation. The flood gates at Rothbury will be closed today at 15:30 as a precaution, and Northumberland County Council are closing riverside footpaths. This message will be updated by 9am on 17/02/2021 or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Feb 2021 10:13
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels remain high today as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland remains possible today, 07/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. More rain and snow is forecast today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 16:00 on 07/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Feb 2021 16:29
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels remain high as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland remains possible this evening, overnight and tomorrow, 07/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. More rain and snow is forecast overnight. We are closely monitoring the situation. Rothbury Riverside flood gates have been closed. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 09:00 on 07/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Feb 2021 10:19
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels remain high but appear to have peaked throughout the catchment. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland remains possible today, 06/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. Rain is likely to continue today, but will be less intense and persistent than yesterday and will turn to snow through the day. We are closely monitoring the situation. Rothbury Riverside flood gates have been opened. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 16:00 on 06/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Feb 2021 08:58
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels remain high but appear to have peaked throughout the catchment. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland remains possible today, 06/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. Rain is likely to continue today, 06/02/2021, but will be less intense and persistent than yesterday and will turn to snow through the day. We are closely monitoring the situation. Rothbury Riverside flood gates are closed. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 16:00 on 06/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Feb 2021 20:45
River Coquet, River Alwin
We are reissuing this alert because the forecast for the Coquet has risen slightly and we now intend to close the flood gates at Rothbury Riverside. Please take action to move vehicles from the riverside of the gates. The forecast has not risen significantly higher and we still do not expect to issue flood warnings for properties but we will continue to monitor the situation. River levels are forecast to rise as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland is possible this evening, and tomorrow, 06/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours and we expect river levels to remain high tomorrow, 06/02/2021. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 09:00 on 06/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Feb 2021 11:36
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland is possible from 11:00 today, 05/02/2021. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours and we expect river levels to remain high tomorrow, 06/02/2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. We do not expect to issue Flood Warnings or to close the Rothbury flood gates. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 09:00 on 06/02/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 20:39
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels remain high on the Upper River Coquet as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday and today, 20/01/20. Further rainfall is forecast to continue falling across the catchment this evening, and therefore we expect river levels to remain high. Flooding of riverside footpaths, low lying land and roads is expected to continue. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue Flood Warnings if necessary. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking defences and clearing any blockages from rivers. Rothbury flood gates will remain closed. Please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 09:30 on 21/01/21, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 09:31
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have risen on the Upper River Coquet and its tributaries as a result of heavy rainfall on Tuesday and overnight. Consequently, flooding of riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads is expected to continue today, Wednesday 20/01/21. Further rainfall is forecast to continue falling across the catchment today and we expect river levels to remain high throughout the day. Rothbury flood gates will remain closed. We are closely monitoring the situation but do not currently expect to issue any Flood Warnings. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking defences and clearing any blockages from rivers. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 16:00 on 20/01/21 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Jan 2021 19:16
River Coquet, River Alwin
Upper River Coquet, River Alwin and their tributaries from source to Pauperhaugh - Rothbury? River levels are rising on the Upper River Coquet and its tributaries as a result of persistent heavy rainfall today which is forecast to continue overnight and into Wednesday. Consequently, flooding of riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads is expected from 20:00 tonight 19/01/21. Further heavy rainfall is forecast to continue falling across the catchment for the next few days and consequently we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue Flood Warnings if necessary. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking defences and clearing any blockages from rivers. We are closing the Rothbury flood gate. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 09:00 on 20/01/21 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Jan 2021 18:42
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels are rising on the Upper River Coquet and its tributaries as a result of persistent heavy rainfall today which is forecast to continue overnight and into Wednesday. Consequently, flooding of riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads is expected from 20:00 today, 19/01/21. Further heavy rainfall is forecast to continue falling across the catchment for the next few days and consequently we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue Flood Warnings if necessary. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking defences and clearing any blockages from rivers. We are closing the Rothbury flood gate. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 09:00 on 20/01/21 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 11:13
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have now peaked and are beginning to fall on the Upper River Coquet. No more significant rainfall is forecast but river levels will remain high throughout today, Sunday 16/02/2020. Rothbury floodgates have been reopened. Please continue to avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, as they may still be flooded. We are continuing to monitor the situation. This message will be updated this afternoon, 16/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 09:05
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have now peaked and are beginning to fall on the Upper River Coquet. No more significant rainfall is forecast but river levels will remain high throughout today, Sunday 16/02/2020. Rothbury floodgates will be reopened by mid-morning. Please continue to avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, as they may still be flooded. We are continuing to monitor the situation. This message will be updated this afternoon, 16/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 18:22
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have risen on the Upper River Coquet as a result of heavy rainfall and snow melt. Consequently, rivers will be high throughout Saturday evening, 15/02/2020, and into Sunday. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the weekend and we expect river levels to remain high over this period. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 16/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 10:07
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels are still rising at the Alwinton Bridge and Rothbury river gauges as a result of persistent heavy rainfall caused by Storm Ciara. Rain is expected to move out of the area by 12:00 today, 09/02/2020. However, low responding rivers may continue to rise into this evening. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths, low lying land and roads. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue any flood warnings as needed. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated later this afternoon, 09/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2020 21:18
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels are forecast to rise at the Alwinton Bridge and Rothbury river gauges as a result of Storm Ciara. Consequently River Coquet levels will rise rapidly, flooding of properties/roads and farmland is possible through Saturday night, 08/02/20 into Sunday morning, 09/02/20. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths, low lying land and roads. Further heavy rainfall is forecast through Saturday night and Sunday, rain will be particularly heavy over high ground in the Pennines and the Cheviots. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue any flood warnings as needed. The flood gate at Rothbury will be closed early on Sunday morning so please ensure any cars are removed before midnight tonight, 08/02/20. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 09:30 on Sunday, 09/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Aug 2019 10:04
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels on the Upper River Coquet between Alwinton and Rothbury have risen and will remain high throughout Monday afternoon (12/08/2019). This is as a result of persistent heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads, footpaths and farmland is possible. We are closely monitoring the situation. The floodgates in Rothbury will remain closed until mid-afternoon today. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 19:00 on 12/08/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Aug 2019 00:18
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels of the Upper River Coquet are rising between Alwinton and Rothbury river gauges as a result of persistent heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible. We expect river levels to remain high until mid-afternoon on Monday, 12/08/19. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads. We are closely monitoring the situation. The floodgates will remain closed overnight. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 10:00 on 12/08/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Aug 2019 18:07
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have risen on the River Coquet as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the day. Consequently, flooding of riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads is possible until tomorrow morning, 11/08/2019 with river levels peaking between 19:00 and 21:00. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point and we do not expect to issue any flood warnings. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and our operations team are out closing our flood gates in Rothbury. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 11/08/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Aug 2019 17:41
River Coquet, River Alwin
River levels have risen on the River Coquet as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the day. Consequently, flooding of riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads is possible until tomorrow morning, 11/08/2019 with river levels peaking between 19:00 and 21:00. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point and we do not expect to issue any flood warnings. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated tomorrow morning, 11/08/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jan 2018 15:42
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the upper River Coquet area where river levels have risen in response. Levels remain high and suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect levels to start to fall this afternoon. No flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. We are monitoring river levels closely. This message will be updated by 9pm tonight (Wednesday 24th January) or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jan 2018 10:38
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Rain through the night has caused the level of the River Coquet to rise. The level of the Upper River Coquet will remain high with intermittent showers forecast throughout the day. However, we expect river levels to fall steadily. 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. This message will be updated at 4pm today (Wednesday 24th January) or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Jan 2018 15:01
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Rainfall is expected to become heavy and persistent at times in Pennine areas this evening and overnight. The ground is already saturated following recent snowmelt and catchments are expected to respond to this rainfall. As a result the level of the River Coquet, and other small watercourses, is expected to rise overnight, peaking early tomorrow morning. Flooding of low lying land and roads close to the river is possible though no flooding to properties is currently forecast. Take care if walking or driving along riverside footpaths and roads. There may be lots of surface water on roads during the morning rush hour. We will continue to monitor river levels closely overnight. This Flood Alert will be updated or removed by 10am tomorrow or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 21:05
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Coquet area. This has meant that the River Coquet is now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river at Alwinton, Thropton and Rothbury from 9pm tonight (Wednesday 22nd November). River levels are predicted to remain high overnight, though no flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. Remain vigilant as further rainfall may lead to further flood risk. We are monitoring river levels and forecasts closely. UPDATE: We are closing the flood gates at Rothbury this evening as a precaution. This message will be updated at 10am on Thursday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 20:08
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Coquet area. This has meant that the River Coquet is now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river at Alwinton, Thropton and Rothbury from 9pm tonight (Wednesday 22nd November). River levels are predicted to remain high overnight, though no flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. Remain vigilant as further rainfall may lead to further flood risk. We are monitoring river levels and forecasts closely, particularly at Rothbury and will consider closing the flood gates if needed. This message will be updated at 10am on Thursday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 18:44
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Coquet area. This has meant that the River Coquet is now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river at Alwinton, Thropton and Rothbury from 9pm tonight (Wednesday 22nd November). River levels are predicted to remain high overnight, though no flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. Remain vigilant as further rainfall may lead to further flood risk. We are monitoring river levels and forecasts closely, particularly at Rothbury and will consider closing the flood gates if needed. This message will be updated at 10am on Wednesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Jun 2017 10:08
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
River levels on the Upper River Coquet, River Alwin and their tributaries from source to Pauperhaugh remain at a high level following rainfall overnight. River Levels at Rothbury will rise further today (Wednesday 07 June 2017) before falling later in the afternoon. No flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. This message will be updated at 5pm or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jun 2017 20:45
Rivers Coquet, Alwin
Over the last few hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Upper River Coquet area. This has meant that the River Coquet is now rising. The main areas of concern are Upper River Coquet, River Alwin and their tributaries from source to Pauperhaugh. More rain is forecast overnight across the Upper Coquet catchment. River levels will reach alert levels at around 4am (Wednesday 07 June 2017) and remain high throughout the morning. No flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. This message will be updated at 10am or earlier if the situation changes.