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Communities rally to support those affected by last week’s floods

CSO Kian Mohktary, CSO Dave Wilson, Crusoes owner Jackie Wilson, CSO Gill Gray, Peter Wilson, CSO Kate Graham, and a member of staff from Crusoes help in the clean up.

CSO Kian Mohktary, CSO Dave Wilson, Crusoes owner Jackie Wilson, CSO Gill Gray, Peter Wilson, CSO Kate Graham, and a member of staff from Crusoes help in the clean up.

Communities rallied around to support those affected by the storms and flooding last Thursday.

One of the worst affected areas was the borough coastline as a tidal surge and subsequent higher tides than normal put the area on red alert.

Sand was piled high to stop the sea flooding Crusoes cafe on Tynemouth Long Sands while some sand dunes were damaged, causing the beaches to be closed for three days.

After the tides had receeded, officials from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police joined in the clean up alongside residents and businesses.

North Tyneside Sergeant Steve Nicholson said: “The neighbourhood policing team is very much a part of the community and during and after the flooding officers were out in the community helping people as much as we could.

“When the flood water had subsided PCSOs went down to Crusoes on Longsands, which was hit particularly badly, and helped staff clear the area and help get the business back up and running.”

On Monday, the council re-opened the beaches following inspections and repairs, although residents were still warned to be careful.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Public safety was our priority in responding to the impact of floods, and that meant we had to close off Longsands beach on Friday and over the weekend to allow us to assess the damage and put initial measures in place.

“We appreciate the support we have had from the public in observing our warnings. The council is now preparing a longer term plan to address the physical repairs works needed.

“Finally can I thank all those involved in keeping the public safe.”

• For more on last week’s flooding see pages 46 and 47.

 

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