Flood-hit families on Teesside have Christmas party

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Media captionTeesside recently experienced the highest tide recorded for 150 years

Flood-hit families on Teesside forced to leave their homes following the highest tide recorded for 150 years have had a Christmas party.

Residents rallied round to hold the party while the clean-up operation is still continuing in Port Clarence.

Many homes and buildings were damaged during the floods on 5 December following a storm and tidal surge.

Gifts were donated by local businesses and given to about 150 children from the affected families.

'Pull together'

Pat Chambers from the Billingham Legacy Foundation helped to organise event to lift the spirits of residents.

She said: "What has come out of this is the willingness of the community to really pull together and support each other.

"The families are still living in the upstairs of the properties which still need drying out."

The leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: "The efforts of local, voluntary and community groups to support the community are invaluable so I would like to thank everyone who has rallied round to help, particularly Pat Chambers."

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