Flash floods latest: The mopping-up begins

FLOODING ... in Farnham Road, South Shields. (Pic by Joanne at Richmond Taxis)
FLOODING ... in Farnham Road, South Shields. (Pic by Joanne at Richmond Taxis)

A MOPPING-UP operation has swung into action in South Tyneside to put right the disruption caused by this morning’s flash floods.

Heavy rainfall across the area during this morning’s rush hour affected commuters, residents and businesses, with surface flooding reported in several areas.

The rain has begun to ease off and the water is receding, but teams are working hard to minimise any further disruption and get everything back to normal before this afternoon’s rush hour.

Coun Tracey Dixon, cabinet member for area management and community services said: “We have been working closely with partners to deal with flooding as swiftly as possible.

“The sheer deluge of rain over a short period caused surface flooding in some areas and as a result some roads and buildings have been affected.

“South Tyneside Council staff, partners and the emergency services are working to minimise the impact of the weather on residents and businesses.

“All roads have now re-opened and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as appropriate.”

Earlier today the roundabout on A194 was blocked off to stop traffic entering South Shields from Lindisfarne and diverted up John Reid Road.

Stanhope Road, Kennedy’s Roundabout, the A194, Tyne Dock and Jarrow Road were all affected, but thanks to a prompt response from the council and partners, all are now open and traffic is returning to normal.

St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields has been closed and will remain closed for the rest of the day.

A lightning strike at Durham Court, Hebburn, which has a lot of elderly residents, affected the concierge and alarms system, and officers attended promptly to maintain services and support residents.

South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes are supporting a small number of residents who have been affected by flooding in and around their homes.

Coun Dixon added: “We have made significant investment into flood defences across the borough, which has helped in most areas, but unfortunately there has been some incidents of flooding.

“This is due to the sheer deluge of rain that has fallen in such a short amount of time.

“South Tyneside Council staff and partners have reacted promptly and sensitively to the flooding, working extremely hard throughout to assist residents, help clear some of the floodwater, and re-open affected roads.

“We will continue to work with partners to help those affected by today’s weather.”