South Tyneside tip closed and damage at Haven Point as borough feels impact of Storm Arwen
Families are advised of disruption across South Tyneside as a result of Storm Arwen as heavy winds and extreme weather conditions affect transport and cause damage across the borough.
In two statements issued on Saturday, November 27 South Tyneside Council confirmed that its teams, alongside colleagues from South Tyneside Homes, have been out responding to incidents caused by the storm across the borough.
Residents have been advised that Haven Point in South Shields is closed due to storm damage, while the car park only at Temple Park Leisure Centre is closed due to a fallen tree.
The borough's Recycling Village is also temporarily shut until further notice.
The council is urging people to only make essential journeys and stay home wherever possible.
A new Yellow alert for ice, lasting from 5pm on Saturday to 11am on Sunday (November 28) has been issued by the Met Office.”
A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council said on Saturday: “First and foremost, we understand there has been no injury or loss of life for which we are incredibly thankful.
"The clean-up operation is ongoing and may take some days to complete. People are advised to contact us to report emergency incidents.
"Please be patient and understand that response times to calls will take longer than usual. Our teams are working around the clock to keep the borough moving and respond to any incidents caused by the extreme weather conditions.
“Main roads, footpaths and emergency routes take priority. Damage to properties that can cause further damage will be dealt with first, other lower risk incidents will be dealt as soon as is practical, which may take into early next week.”
People are also being asked to avoid travelling to coastal areas in order to observe high tides and avoid walking near trees as they pose a threat to passers-by.
The council has been inundated with calls and is working through them on a priority basis, the statement added, while an inspection of parks and cemeteries is also underway.
Families are advised that incidents can be reported on two out of hours emergency phone numbers: 0191 455 6111 for South Tyneside Council and 0300 123 6633 for South Tyneside Homes.