Flood alerts and warnings are in place across the region in the wake of Storm Kathleen.

The Environment Agency has issued warnings for flooding on Tyneside and alerts up the region’s coast.

An earlier warning in place on Teesside has since been lifted but locals have been warned of potential for higher-than-normal tides in the coming days which could cause further issues.

The River Tyne has broken its banks on the Newcastle Quayside with flood defence barriers erected and water pumps brought in.

The Northern Echo: The Tyne has broken its banks.The Tyne has broken its banks. (Image: NNP)

Pictures show water levels rising above the pavement with Environment Agency workers in high-vis jackets and wellies at the scene dredging through the mucky river water while trying to stop the flood.  

An ‘act now’ warning has been in place for the Quayside all afternoon, along with the North Tyneside coast where flooding is “expected” at sites including Crusoe’s café on Tynemouth’s Longsands and at Cullercoats Lifeboat Station.

The Environment Agency said: “Flooding is expected at properties at Willington Boat Club, Wincomblee Estates in Walker, Newcastle Quayside from Wetherspoon's Pub to Broad Chare, Brama Teams Industrial Park, Ravensworth Road and TAM Tyres at Clockmill Road.

“We are expecting higher than normal tides over the next 3 days and as a result we may issue further alerts or warnings.”

The Northern Echo: Blue temporary flooding barriers have been erected on the Quayside in Newcastle.Blue temporary flooding barriers have been erected on the Quayside in Newcastle. (Image: NNP)

An alert to say flooding is possible remains in place for the coast from Whitley Bay to Hartlepool, with Seaburn, Roker and Hendon all at risk of being worst affected.

Meanwhile a similar 'act now' red flood warning was in place for areas around the Tees estuary at Billingham earlier on Monday.

That has since been lifted with the Environment Agency saying there is “no longer a threat of flooding, though standing water and debris may still remain.”

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Middlesbrough College closed some buildings when the initial warning was issued but confirmed its campus will open as normal on Tuesday after it was lifted.

Stockton Road in Stockton was flooded due to the Tees bursting its banks with motorists driving through lying water.

In event of a flood warning residents are told to turn off their gas, water and electricity supplies, move possessions upstairs or elsewhere and move family, pets and cars to safety.