Borough braces itself for more flooding

IT'S A BIT WET ... footpaths are flooded at Primrose Hill, Jarrow.
IT'S A BIT WET ... footpaths are flooded at Primrose Hill, Jarrow.

SOUTH Tyneside is on flood alert again today as the region was hit by heavy rain.

There was localised flooding around South Tyneside yesterday, with police warning motorists to drive with care.

Persistent rain fell from Saturday night until Sunday morning, leaving some parks and open spaces looking like lakes.

However, there were no reports of homes or businesses being flooded.

Much of King George V playing fields and footpaths around the Robin Hood pub in Primrose Hill, both in Jarrow, were left under several inches of water.

A slip road between the A19 and A690 was closed due to heavy rainfall, and Northumbria Police issued a warning to drivers about standing water on roads throughout the area.

A pond in Cleadon Village overflowed and began running onto the main road, as well as into the driveways of nearby properties.

Police and road safety officers arrived at the scene to help clear the water.

There were also problems at the A19 junction with the A184 at Boldon Colliery, with drivers facing delays after standing water slowed traffic down.

Neither Hebburn nor South Shields firefighters has so far reported any incidents involving local domestic flooding.

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