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Welcome to the Morpeth Flood Action Group website. Pages and links for everything you need to know about Morpeth and flooding

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Find out what’s happening with the river, what the weather forecast is and how we flood with the links below. At times of heavy rain follow us on Twitter for the latest updates

Worried about the weather and river levels?

Construction work started on the scheme February 2013 with the majority of the work to be completed by January 2015

Apart from upstream storage on the Cotting Burn (due to start spring 2015) and PLP to houses in Wansbeck Street the scheme should be up and running by the end of March 2015. It is anticipated that it will come in £5m more than the original budget.

Alleviation Scheme

What Richard Benyon tweeted about us on his visit to Morpeth

Insurance. What is going to happen?


Insurance for properties in high risk flood areas is becoming the pressing issue. Read what we are doing about it, the Morpeth Model, on our Insurance pages. Our 2010 survey results, what the Government is doing about it and what is likely to happen when the Statement of Principles ends.

Drainage, Flood Action Plan and possible Housing Developments

Morpeth Flood Action Group is more than just about the flood defences. We look to address all aspects of flooding and tackle them for the benefit of the whole community. To be able to do this we need the help of all the residents in Morpeth, if you know of any flood problems or just need advice please contact us

Drainage Issues

On the 5th and 6th of September 2008 Morpeth found itself at the centre of the most intensive rainfall in living memory. There was extensive flooding throughout the town centre, where over 950 properties, including dozens of businesses, were directly affected. It is estimated that a further 90 properties throughout the borough were seriously affected. Iconic buildings such as the Chantry and St George’s Church suffered considerable damage, as did landmark shops. The Riverside Leisure Centre, the town’s main library, the emergency ambulance station and the doctor’s surgery and health centre in Gashouse Lane were all inundated and had to close. The flood was a truly devastating event.

Extent of flooding at 5pm 6th September 2008

Artist’s impression of the dam at Mitford - source EA

View our online Flood Insurance Survey 2014

Met Office radar of the rainfall on 5th, 6th and 7th September 2008 source - Met Office

For photo galleries and stories of the 2008 event you could previously have gone to our Voices of the Flood site. This is temporarily off line, we hope to have it up and running in the near future

View a timeline of events as they occurred

Timeline Sept. 2008 Cotting Burn Download The Morpeth Model

Latest updates

Pre & Post Flood Community Agreements

Our next big project, Pre & Post Flood Community Agreements. What the community can expect from responders

Community Agreements

Some properties adjacent to the Cotting Burn were flooded 3 times in 4 years. We were not entirely satisfied with the proposals in the main scheme for the burn and were looking for improvements.

We collected a petition signed by over 150 residents, who are directly affected, asking for at least a 1 in 100yr protection. This level of protection has now been included in the scheme, work will start Spring 2015.

About our Survey 2014 Flood Risk by Postcode

We conducted a flood insurance survey. We did a leaflet drop in the areas of Morpeth that we want information from. Collection of completed questionnaires took place on 31st May & 1st June. To view the online survey click the link below

Check your flood risk by inputting your postcode.

A project by Owen Boswarva using Environment Agency data.

We don’t think much of the EA data. A lot of Morpeth properties that didn’t flood in 2008 (1 in 137yr return) are registered as 1 in 30 year risk of flooding.