Drivers warned to take care on flood-hit roads - and there’s more rain on the way

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Police are warning motorists to be extra careful today following torrential rain during the night.

Northumbria Police said many roads across the region have standing water but are "passable with care", so they are asking people to be cautious and responsible.

Stretches of road, including along the A19, have seen large tailbacks due to the volume of water.

A spokesman said: "There will be unexpected patches of water on a lot of our roads which could cause issues with poor visibility in the dark. Officers will be on hand at the worst-affected stretches."

Last night the force issued a plea to motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

During the night two major roads were closed due to large amounts of standing water and diversions were put in place.

These included closures of the A19 between Testo’s roundabout and Hedworth Lane in Boldon Colliery and the westbound carriageway of Durham Road between Burdon Lane and Houghton Cut at Houghton-le-Spring.

A police spokesman said: "There are currently no reports to police of any major flooding to residential properties in the region, as the rain has mainly been affecting the road network."

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said they attended a total of 24 flooding-related incidents during the night across the brigade's area where pumps and sandbags were used to divert water away from properties.

The latest wet weather comes as the country continues to deal with the aftermath of a series of devastating storms and floods over the past month, most recently last week’s Storm Frank.

The bad news is that the worst of it isn’t over yet.

Yellow ‘be aware’ flood warnings today remain in force for much of the country, including the North East, and continue into tomorrow.

The Environment Agency said it is continuing to support communities by pumping away flood water, repairing damaged defences, clearing blockages in rivers, and monitoring water levels.

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