THE ENVIRONMENT Agency is warning of potential flooding in areas of the North.

Parts of the North-East coast, including Whitby and South Shields could see flooding.

Currently there are no severe flood warnings in force. However, there are 86 flood warnings and 256 flood alerts across England and Wales.

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Further inland heavy rain has left ground saturated, increasing the risk of river and surface water flooding, the Environment Agency said.

The coastal surge in recent days has tested over 3,000km of flood defences in England and over 205,000 properties have been protected.

The Thames barrier was again closed in the early hours of Saturday morning against the high tide, and will continue to close to protect people and property along the Thames.

Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The risk of flooding to the coast will continue over the next few days, especially on the south and west coast and along the Severn estuary.

"In addition, wet conditions have left the ground saturated in many areas, increasing the risk of river and surface water flooding.

"We would urge people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.

"We have protected over 200,000 properties across the country over the past 48 hours, and the Environment Agency will continue to work around the clock to protect communities."

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