As well as culvert clearance at Martin West Beck and Ormesby Beck in Middlesbrough, there’s been checks using CCTV cameras at culverts and repairs and clearance carried out on debris screens.

Flood bank repairs, culvert clearance and maintenance access improvements have been carried out at Darlington, Croft-on-Tees, and Hurworth Place, while repairs have taken place to the flood wall at Marton West Beck.

Four new large Tidal Flaps have been installed to the outfalls at Portrack in Stockton as part of the projects.

The repair and improvement work is part of a £3million Environment Agency recovery programme for the North East, to repair damaged flood defences and culverts and prepare communities for winter.

Alan Cadas, Operations Manager for the North East, said: “The storms this past winter had a terrible impact on people’s lives, homes and businesses and we’ve been carrying out vital repair works to flood defences across the North East throughout the year.

“Some of this culvert clearance saw people hand digging at times, and using large machinery to suck out the silt. While there’s been some smaller scale projects across Teesside, these are nevertheless vital in reducing flood risk.

“Work to get our assets back to the condition they were in prior to the storms has been a challenge, but we’ve worked tirelessly to restore protection to communities for the coming winter.”

The Environment Agency has also been working with communities to set up community groups, develop community flood plans and advise on recruiting volunteer flood wardens to ensure they are resilient for this coming winter.

The Environment Agency’s flood awareness campaign, running from 1-10 November, is urging people to understand what to do before, during and after a flood.

Flood warnings save lives and provide people with vital time to get themselves, their loved ones and possessions out of harm’s way.

Check to see if free flood warnings are available in your community and sign up by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting the https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk.

As well as checking flood risk, residents can also find out what action you can take to protect your personal safety and property by visiting https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk