Rain brings more chaos to borough roads

Flash flooding earlier this year.
Flash flooding earlier this year.

RUSH hour commuters are facing severe delays this morning following heavy overnight rain.

A few roads in North Tyneside have been closed due to flooding, while some are passable with care.

Officials at Northumbria Police are warning motorists to take extra care and time due to the poor conditions on the roads as the heavy rain continues.

The A1058 Coast Road was closed earlier today due to flooding under the railway bridge while it was also closed in both directions just before 9am for an anticipated 30 minutes to allow for a wall to be taken down to relieve the water pressure that had built up.

The A189 Findus roundabout was also closed at West Moor, with police vehicles blocking traffic from using the road at the Killingworth Way roundabout.

A number of roads are also passable with care, including Southgate next to the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth.

Northumbria Police is urging people to take extreme care due to the severe weather conditions in the region.

Motorists are being advised not to travel on the roads unless necessary after a number of collisions on the roads due to people driving too fast, aquaplaning and not driving according to conditions.

Anyone stuck in flooding in their car is asked to try and stay with their vehicle where possible.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “We are getting a number of calls about road closures and localised flooding – the situation is changing all the time.

“We are working with local authorities across the force and partner agencies and monitoring local rivers and areas at risk.

“The force is receiving a lot of calls – we will respond to all of them – only use the 999 service in an emergency situation and please be patient, we have a lot of officers out on the ground helping keep people safe.”

Operators of the Metro service are also reporting delays due to the weather conditions, with the whole service still remaining open.