Sean Battista's car
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Sean Battista: 'Car started to float about'

26 September 2012 Last updated at 21:01 BST

A man has told how he escaped from his car seconds before it was submerged by raging floodwater.

Sean Battista was driving in Newburn, near Newcastle, when the main road was overwhelmed by water from the area's worst September storm in 30 years.

Mr Battista said within 20 seconds water was up to his waist as he tried to steer the vehicle through the water.

Another driver helped open the door of Mr Battista's car so he could escape the water from a ruptured culvert and overflowing drains.