Tyne & Wear

North East roads flood as heavy rain sweeps in

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Media captionLook North's Adrian Pitches assessed how the region coped with the deluge

People across Tyne and Wear faced disruption due to torrential rain.

Standing water caused problems on many roads, with the A19 between Sunderland and Durham closed and parts of the A1M at Washington passable only with care.

Police warned drivers to take extra care, with a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

Part of Newcastle's Exhibition Park was sealed off after run-off from the 1,000-acre Town Moor sent torrents of water into pedestrian areas.

The Newburn area of Newcastle, which saw a block of flats demolished after floods in September washed away foundations, was hit again.

The Environment Agency said the Rivers Pont and Blyth and the Lower River Wear in County Durham were being monitored.

Flats demolished

Newcastle City Council said Newburn High Street had been closed to traffic as a precautionary measure.

On 25 September, flood water washed away ground beneath Spencer Court damaging the foundations. The flats were later demolished.

Northumbria Police advised people to allow extra time for journeys and to try to avoid driving through standing water.

Image caption Drivers in Tanfield, County Durham faced hazardous conditions

More than 20 A and B roads were classed as impassable during Monday.

Among the roads affected were the A19 northbound, which was closed between Testos roundabout and the Boldon turn-off, due to standing water.

Problems were caused by the weather front which brought heavy rain to southern England moving north.

One of the areas that saw the effects of heavy rain was around Boldon Colliery, in South Tyneside.

Ruth Carr, 98, said water had come up through her toilet and sink and there was a lot of standing water in her back garden.

She said: "I've never had it like this before. It's the worst I've ever seen it."

Extra officers

There was also disruption to rail services because of flooding, with services affected on the East Coast Mainline because of disruption around Darlington.

South Tyneside Council issued sandbags to residents in the most at-risk areas.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Drivers are urged to allow extra time for journey and drive according to the conditions.

"Extra officers are out on patrols helping motorists and the public and working with local authorities and other agencies to minimise disruptions on the road networks."

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