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UPDATE: Heavy rain causes disruption across the region

04 Jan 2016 23:35 PM

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Police are warning motorists to avoid drive tonight unless absolutely necessary as severe weather disrupts the region’s road networks.

Heavy rain has been falling throughout the day and is expected to continue into this evening causing some flooding across the region.

Officers have been deployed to manage traffic in some of the worst affected areas and help clear some of the region’s major spine roads.

Two major roads are currently closed due to large amounts of standing water and diversions are in place.

They include closures of the A19 between the Testos roundabout and Hedworth Lane in Boldon Colliery and the Westbound carriageway of Durham Road between Burdon Lane and the Houghton Cut in Houghton-Le-Spring

Other significant roads affected by the flooding include:

 

-          Sandy Lane/Spine Road in Gosforth

-          Stamfordham Road in Newcastle

-          Woolsington Bypass between Newbiggin Lane and Callerton Lane in Newcastle

 

Police will continue to work with partner agencies, including the local authorities, to support those who have been affected by flooding.

There is no major flooding of residential properties at this time but police will be working closely with partners to support residents if required.

If anyone has any concerns about the flooding they should contact the relevant local authority or the police by calling 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

 

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TRAFFIC UPDATE - 00.15am

Both lanes of the A195 westbound carriageway between Testos roundabout and Whitemare Pool have now been closed due to standing water caused by the flooding.

The A690 Durham Road has now been re-opened between Burdon Lane and the Houghton Cut in Houghton-Le-Spring but there is still some standing water and motorists should take care.

There is also a lot of standing water on the A696 heading towards Newcastle Airport, just outside of Ponteland, which has led to one lane being closed in that direction.

As with a number of roads across the region large parts of the road are not affected by the flooding but motorists should be taking extra care and drive slower than usual as there will be unexpected patches of water.

We are still asking the public not to drive across the region unless they absolutely have to as there is a lot of disruption due to the standing water and lack of visibility.

Our officers are working closely with the local authorities, fire service and environment agency to clear the flood water and ease disruption to the road networks.

At this stage there are no reports of major flooding to residential properties but officers will assist partner agencies in supporting the small number of residents who are affected.

 

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TRAFFIC UPDATE - FLOODING TO ROADS - 2am

The majority of roads that have been affected by the heavy rain are now starting to be cleared.

Officers have been working closely with the local authorities, fire service and the Environment Agency to assist in clearing excess water.

Roads across the region will still have standing water but are "passable with care" so we are asking motorists to be cautious and responsible.

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.

The majority of roads that had been closed have since been re-opened but closures do remain in place around Testos roundabout in South Tyneside.

Both lanes of the A184 heading westbound remain closed between between Testos roundabout and Whitemare Pool. A small stretch of the A19 northbound between Testos roundabout and the Hedworth Lane junction also remain closed.

These roads are likely to remain closed until early morning as police and partner agencies work to clear the area of excess rain water.

Rural roads across Northumberland are likely to be badly affected in the coming days and the public should remain vigilant if they are driving on country lanes.

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.

Our officers will be on duty throughout the night and if anyone has any concerns about the flooding they should contact the relevant local authority or the police by phoning 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE - TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 - 3.15pm

Our officers will be working with partner agencies across the force area to minimise any disruption caused by heavy rain.

At this stage there are no closures of the main road networks and there is still no major flooding of residential properties.

The rain is mainly affecting rural Northumberland where there will be a lot of standing water on the roads, making it more difficult for motorists.

Northbound on the A196 at Clifton is currently closed meaning motorists travelling towards Morpeth may have to find an alternative route off the A1.

Drivers are asked to take care in the current conditions as there will be unexpected patches of water that could prove dangerous if you are not driving responsibly.

Some minor roads will be closed but diversions are in place and officers will be on the scene to help manage any traffic disruption.

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TRAFFIC UPDATES - 6.15pm

Police want to warn motorists of standing water on our region's roads tonight.

Officers have being working hard with partner agencies to minimise disruption across the force area and no major roads have been closed.

A number of minor roads are closed off as a result of flooding while there is standing water on a number of main roads.

These are "passable with care" but we would advise people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to drive then take your time, remain patient and slow down.

Driving the same way you would in dry conditions could be dangerous and lead to an accident so please be responsible.

The main problems in our region are as follows:

- The A197 at Clifton is closed northbound heading towards Morpeth. There have been some reports that the A1 is closed here but that is not true. The road is clear but with some standing water. Traffic heading to Morpeth is now being directed off the A1 at Stannington and directed through Hepscott Park.

- The junction of Kenton Road and Grandstand Road is closed. Both roads are open but the junction itself is closed due to standing water. Officers on scene have already had to pull two cars from the water after they became stuck - please be careful as water like this can be deceptive.

- Officers have been at Killingworth Lake where both lakes have burst their banks. There is no major disruption to any major roads or properties but the road that runs between both lakes has been closed.

A number of minor roads across rural Northumberland have also been closed and our officers will be working closely with the local authority and other partner agencies to support residents and motorists in the worst affected areas.

Our officers will be on duty throughout the night and if anyone has any concerns about the flooding they should contact the relevant local authority or the police by phoning 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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FLOOD UPDATE - 10pm

We are aware of potential flooding in the Morpeth area tonight as a result of the heavy rain.

Our officers have been working closely with the local authority, fire service and environment agency to support anyone affected by the weather.

Disruption has largely been concentrated on our roads with very few reports of flooding of residential properties.

We are working closely with partners to monitor the river levels, particularly in Morpeth, throughout the night.

Officers will be in the area to support anyone affected by the flooding and help partners manage the excess water. We remind motorists to take extra care on our roads.

If you are worried about your property then ring the Floodline number on 03459881188 or ring on 101 if you require a police response. Remember, always dial 999 in an emergency.