Stockton Council and Environment Agency plan flood action

Lustrum Beck, Stockton
Image caption Lustrum Beck flooded nearby areas

An action plan has been drawn up after families in Stockton were evacuated following severe flooding in September.

More than 150 homes and businesses were affected by deluges, a report to Stockton Council's cabinet says.

The Environment Agency is due to provide estimates for cost of flood defence schemes in the Newtown and Hartburn areas.

A month-and-a-half's rain fell in the town over two days according to the Met Office.

The report, to be discussed on 10 January, warns it "is likely" that similar flooding will become more frequent in the future.

Boat rescues

It sets deadlines for bodies including Northumbrian Water and the Highways Agency to act on its recommendations.

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) were drafted in to rescue families from their homes on 25 September.

The road and rail network was disrupted with sections of the A19, A66 and the East Coast mainline closed because of standing water.

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