THE River Tyne burst its banks today in the worst east coast tidal surge for 30 years.
The extreme weather caused the river to swell and flood into bars and businesses along the water’s edge.
Simon Parrock, spokesperson for the Environments Agency said: “We’ve had river flooding, but this is the biggest tidal surge in 30 years for the entire east coast.
“We’ve got high tide and the river can’t go anywhere, so it backs up.
“It peaked at South Shields at about quarter to five, so the river levels should start dropping down slowly, but won’t get any worse.”
High waters have seeped into the Wetherspoons on the Quayside in Newcastle, causing the usually-busy bar to close six hours early.
A member of staff in the bar, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We’ve been flooded and we’re closing now (5pm) instead of 11pm.
“They’ve closed all of the roads on the Quayside so there’d be no one in here anyway.”
Three-inch deep water flooded over footpaths and roads for 400 metres between the Tyne Bridge and the Millennium Bridge, causing roads to be closed and traffic to come to a standstill.