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Heavy rain causes flooding on region's roads

21 Nov 2016 22:00 PM

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UPDATE 12.05pm

Most roads across the force area have reopened and are passable with care. Some B Roads remain closed in Gateshead, Newcastle and Northumberland. Everyone thanked for their patience.

 

 

UPDATE 10.40am

- The A1 Felton has diversions in place for vehicles through Swarland, diversion in place and working well . Approx 3 mins extra on journey.

- A692 between Lobely Hill and Sunniside, on Watergate Bends, is currently closed but is expected to open shortly.

Most other roads are passable with care with some rural roads more heavily affected.

The message from police is for motorists to reduce their speed and concentrate on the road. 

Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the morning to try and ensure the roads are moving as quickly as possible.

The public are reminded that they shoudl only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.

 

 

UPDATE 8:50am - Tuesday, November 22

 

Police have an update on the flooding in some heavily effected areas

- The A189 spine road at Cramlington is now reopen

- The A19 northbound between Testo's roundabout and Lindisfarne Roundabout is now reopen

- The A1 near to Newton on Moor at Alnwick also has a lot of standing water and the road is down to one lane in both directions

- A692 between Lobely Hill and Sunniside, on Watergate Bank, is currently closed.

 

There is heavy traffic due to rush hour being affected. 

The message from police is for motorists to reduce their speed and concentrate on the road. If possibe leave extra time for your journeys as there will be congestion.

Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the morning to try and ensure the roads are moving as quickly as possible.

The public are reminded that they should only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE - 6am - Tuesday, November 22

Police want to make the public aware of some road closures due to adverse weather overnight.

Yesterday afternoon the region was hit by heavy rin and strong winds across the force area that caused many of our region's roads to be flooded.

Officers have been working through the night to ensure any disruption is minimised and they have managed to clear many of the main arterial routes.

However, there are some significant road closures the public need to be aware of ahead of their mroning communte. They include:

  • The A189 spine road at Cramlington which goes past hospital is closed in both directions. Diversions are in place.
  • The A19 northbound between Testo's roundabout and the turn off for Boldon is down to one lane and ausing congestion
  • The A1 near to Newton on Moor at Alnwick also has a lot of standing water and the road is down to one lane in both directions.
  • The Lindisfarne roundabout underneath the A19 in South Tyneside also has a lot of standing water. It is passable but will cause extra delays.

There is still some significant standing water on some roads in urbans areas that is passable with care. Large areas of rural Northumberland have also been badly affected.

The message from police is for motorists to reduce their speed and concentrate on the road. If possibe leave extra time for your journeys as there will be congestion.

Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the morning to try and ensure the roads are moving as quickly as possible.

The public are reminded that they shoudl only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.

 

 

Monday, November 21

The public are being advised to take care as bad weather hits the region.

Heavy rain and strong winds have battered the north east today and as a result a number of roads across the region have been flooded.

Police are out in force this evening to try and assist members of the public but they are advising people not to use the roads unless they have to.

No houses have yet been evacuated but the heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the evening before starting to ease off in the early hours of the morning.

Some of the roads affected by heavy rain include:

  • The central motorway heading from the Tyne Bridge into Newcastle is flooded and traffic there is moving very slowly. Officers are at the scene.
  • The central motorway heading towards Tynemouth is also flooded. Officers are on scene but one lane is blocked.
  • The central motorway junction with the Great North Road is also flooded. It is passable but motorists are being advised to take care.
  • The junction of Skinnerburn Road and Shotfactory Lane is also flooded in Newcastle. It is passable but motorists are being advised to take care.
  • There is standing water on Scotswood Road in Newcastle in both directions. That road is passable but motorists are being advised to take care.
  • Kenton Lane is flooded close to the junction of Kenton Road is flooded heading towards Gosforth. It is also flooded close to the junction of Salters Road.
  • The eastbound sliproad from the Coast Road onto Chillingham road has been closed due to flooding in the area.
  • Berwick Hill road near Ponteland is also flooded and motorists should look to use an alternatice route.
  • The Washington Highway roundabout for the A195/A182 has been completely closed due to 2ft of standing water. Diversions are in place.
  • Leam Lane between the Lindisfarne and Whitemarepool roundabouts is flooded in both directions. The road is passable northbound but closed southbound.
  • Ryhope Road in Sunderland is flooded in both directions close to the Shell garage which is causing traffic disruption in the area.

A lot of roads in rural Northumberland will also be flooded and motorists are advised not to dry through flood water unless they are certain of its depth.

Many roads in urban areas are passable with care but police are advising the public not to travel unless they absolutely have to as there is major disruption across the region.

Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the night to try and ensure the roads are clear ahead of the morning rush hour.

The public are reminded that they shoudl only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.

 

Police want to make the public aware of some road closures due to adverse weather overnight.

 

Yesterday afternoon the region was hit by heavy rain and strong winds across the force area that caused many of our region's roads to be flooded.

 

Officers have been working through the night to ensure any disruption is minimised and they have managed to clear many of the main arterial routes.

 

However, there are some significant road closures the public need to be aware of ahead of their morning commute. They include:

 

               -              The A189 spine road at Cramlington which goes past hospital is closed in both directions. Diversions are in place.

 

               -              The A19 northbound between Testo's roundabout and the turn off for Boldon is down to one lane and causing congestion

 

               -              The A1 near to Newton on Moor at Alnwick also has a lot of standing water. It is passable with care but is causing delays.

 

               -              The Lindisfarne roundabout underneath the A19 in South Tyneside also has a lot of standing water. It is passable but will cause extra delays.

 

There is still some significant standing water on some roads in urban areas that is passable with care. Large areas of rural Northumberland have also been badly affected.

 

The message from police is for motorists to reduce their speed and concentrate on the road. If possible leave extra time for your journeys as there will be congestion.

 

Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the morning to try and ensure the roads are moving as quickly as possible.

 

The public are reminded that they should only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.