Properties evacuated after flooding

Flooding across the north east.
Flooding across the north east.

HOMES in the north west of the borough have been evacuated due to flooding.

And a popular leisure centre has also had to close its doors again after rain water breached the swimming pool.

Staff from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police have evacuated 20 properties in Green Lane, Dudley, due to flooding.

The swimming pool at the Lakeside Centre, in Killingworth, has also been closed due to overnight flooding, with staff beginning a clean up operation this morning.

The pool and centre was also closed in June earlier this year following the torrential rain and subsequent flooding on “Thunder Thursday”.

Officials are the council are urging people to only make urgent journeys after a number of roads were left flooded or only passable with care.

The authority implemented flood patrols overnight and as been monitoring the situation, intervening when early problems have been detected.

In response to a request from Northumbria Police, an incident room has been established by the authority at its Harvey Coombe base, where CCTV cameras can be monitored to ensure that help is targeted where it is most needed.

Roads currently closed include Findus Roundabout, Southgate/Killingworth Lake and Station Road, Forest Hall.

Sandbags are now being deployed by the council to areas already affected by the flooding and those badly affected by the floods in June.

Phil Scott, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “This is something the council is well prepared for an is managing effectively with our partners.

“The flood patrols, complete with sandbags and other equipment are monitoring all four areas, including the hundreds of homes previously flooded, and will deploy resources where most needed.

“We would urge the public to be sensible and not to go out onto the roads unless they really need to.”

Information about how householders can be prepared is on the council’s website at while updates will also be issued via Twitter @NTCouncilTeam.

The council’s customer services team will be available on 0345 2000 101 for problems to be reported.