SOUTH Tyneside was today assessing the damage in the aftermath of the gale force winds and stormn surge which battered the borough.
A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council said: “The council and its partners initiated the emergency plan for South Tyneside yesterday morning, and have since dealt with a number of incidents caused by the extreme weather conditions.
“Incidents have included clearing fallen trees, making the marquee in the market place safe after wind damage and working to ensure public safety in areas at risk of flooding.
“Sandbags and other practical support were provided to homes and businesses in the riverside area following reports of the river overtopping at the Customs House.
“The tidal surge along the coast yesterday led to some damage to our temporary winter fencing around the sand dunes at Sandhaven.
“There has also been some damage caused to the pathways to the Groyne and to boathouse doors of the Marsden Bay old lifeguard station.
“The latest message from the Environment Agency is that the flood warning for South Tyneside is no longer in force.
“Tide levels will remain high this evening, but the surge from last night is receding and no further flooding is expected at this time.
“As a precaution, until the clean up and damage assessment is complete, residents are advised to take extra care around all river and coastal areas and avoid affected areas if at all possible.”