Storms batter borough as properties are flooded

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HEAVY rain is battering the borough forcing shoppers and workers to take shelter from the monsoon conditions.

Homes and buildings have been flooded in places, with many roads becoming impassable for motorists.

Drivers are being warned to stay away from the A1058 Coast Road at the junction of Chillingham Road after the road became flooded while roads along the seafront in Whitley Bay are also under water.

North Tyneside Council has also been forced to close the swimming pool at the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth due to the conditions.

Forest Hall Library and Wallsend Library were also closed as was the Oxford Centre in Longbenton.

Heavy rain rolled into the borough at 4pm today (Thursday), leaving many people to take shelter and watch as the sky was lit up by lightning.

Some residents have also been left without power, with Shiremoor one of those areas hit.

A council spokesperson said: “North Tyneside Council has received a large number of calls from the public relating to this afternoon’s torrential downpour.

“Where appropriate, the council is passing details to its emergency response team to respond.

“If the matter is not urgent and relates to other issues, the public are asked to please call back at a later date. If you are in immediate danger please call 999.

“The swimming pool at the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth is closed until further notice due to today’s torrential downpour. Rainwater has entered the pool, contaminating the water.

“The pool will remain closed until it is deep cleaned to ensure it is safe for customers. The centre’s dry facilities remain open as normal.

“The Oxford Centre, Forest Hall Library and Wallsend Library have also closed.”

For more information on the flooding visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or www.environment-agency.gov.uk