Council on flood alert following heavy rainfall

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MEASURES are being taken to ensure borough homes are not flooded in the latest heavy rainfall to hit the region.

North Tyneside Council has implemented its flood patrols to monitor water levels following heavy rainfall today (Monday).

The Met Office is forecasting the borough could be subjected to persistent heavy rainfall until the early hours of Tuesday.

As a result, the local authority has implemented its flood response which will see flood patrols operating in the four parts of North Tyneside over the next 24 hours.

These specialist teams have flood defence equipment – including sand bags and pumping equipment – and paying particular attention to those areas and homes where previous flooding has been reported.

They will be supported by additional drain and gully clearing in hot spot areas and regular monitoring of the culverts to allow early intervention to prevent flooding wherever possible.

Residents are being asked not to request sand bags directly from the council as they are a finite resource and will be allocated where they are needed to prevent known flooding risks.

Those homes affected by recent floods will be regularly monitored and will be provided with sandbags and/or air brick covers if a risk is identified.

Businesses and householders who would like their own supply of sandbags should purchase these directly from any dealers.

Phil Scott, head of environmental services and the council’s lead for the emergency response, said: “As a council we are well prepared for flooding and have implemented our procedures to keep borough residents as safe as we possibly can.

“That means making sure our resources – both staff and equipment – is used where it is needed most to prevent flooding and protect the vulnerable.

“Therefore, we are urging the public not to directly request sandbags. Our flood teams are being proactive and will divert sandbags where they are most needed.

“The patrols will be touring all those areas – and properties – previously flooded and this will be supported by specialist drain and gully cleaning squads and capacity to monitor the culverts to pre-empt flooding.”

The council worked with its partners – including the Fire and Rescue Service – over the weekend to prevent flooding in the Monkseaton area.

Drivers are being urged to be cautious and aware of the water on the road.

Currently there are road closures in place on the following roads in North Tyneside:

• The road between Backworth and Seghill;

• The road between Backworth and Earsdon;

• The Beehive Road, which links between Seaton Sluice and Wellfield, Whitley Bay;

• The A189, on the south-bound carriageway between the roundabouts for Annitsford and Dudley and Peter Barretts.

The council’s website – www.northtyneside.gov.uk – will be regularly updated with latest information.

Messages will also be shared via Twitter @NTCouncilTeam.

If residents are flooded and there is an urgent risk please call 999.

Residents are being asked to call 0345 2000 103 where they are in need of help.