Council continuing clean up following floods

Some schools in North Tyneside have been affected by the flooding today, but not as bad as the scenes seen on June 28.
Some schools in North Tyneside have been affected by the flooding today, but not as bad as the scenes seen on June 28.

SOME schools in the borough have been affected by the floods, officials at North Tyneside Council have revealed.

Officials from the authority have spent part of the day dealing with minor flooding issues at some schools but have not been forced to close any premises.

Work is continuing to deal with the affects of the heavy rain overnight and into today.

Flood patrols were set up by the council last night, with gully wagons being deployed to remove water from flooded areas.

Staff are also helping to support residents whose homes have been affected by flooding.

More than ten properties in Green Lane, Dudley, were evacuated this morning due to the rising water levels.

The swimming pool at the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth remains closed after flood water breached the pool, although the dry facilities are still available to use.

Richardson Dees Park, in Wallsend, is closed until further notice due to flood and storm damage. A council spokesperson said the park would re-open as soon as it was safe to do so.

The spokesperson added that roads in the borough are slowly returning to normal, although motorists are still being urged to only make necessary journeys.

Council staff have been working with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and Northumbria Police to deal with flooding at the Findus roundabout – the roundabout is now open. However, the A189 from the Findus roundabout to the junction with the A1056 (Killingworth Way) remains closed in both directions. All other roads to and from the Findus roundabout are now open.

Some roads in the borough remain closed including Southgate, Killingworth; the B132 Backworth Lane; Seghill Lonnen; while motorists are urged to avoid Drumoyne Gardens in Whitley Bay – except for access – as the waves caused by cars going through the standing water is having an impact on the nearby Langley First School.

Phil Scott, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “We are urging the public to be sensible and not to go out onto the roads unless they really need to.

“We have deployed our flood patrols across the borough to monitor the situation, particularly those areas that have been affected previously, and the teams are equipped with sandbags and other tools and materials.

“We’d also like to urge residents to check on any vulnerable or elderly neighbours or family members, to make sure they are safe and well.”