Call for Durham’s heritage to be protected after Wear bursts its banks

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THE River Wear burst its banks in Durham City, causing the worst flooding in the city for three years.

Workers at the Radisson Blu Hotel and the passport office on Framwellgate Waterside were given the day off for their safety.

The 'Greenheart Bridge' which straddles the stream in Herrington Country Park.  It is well under water following the recent weather.  Ian Flaws, Friends of Herrington Country Park

The 'Greenheart Bridge' which straddles the stream in Herrington Country Park. It is well under water following the recent weather. Ian Flaws, Friends of Herrington Country Park

Hotel guests watched in horror as the water level rose, with a red Ford Ka vehicle left partially submerged by the water.

Durham University’s Elvet Riverside car park was also flooded.

Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods voiced her concerns about the effects of the storm.

“I am very concerned about the impact of the heavy rainfall in Durham, which has caused flooding around the banks of the River Wear and across some parts of the county.

Dated: 25/09/2012'FLOOD CHAOS ACROSS THE NORTH TODAY .. ''A pedestrians shoe floats in the water on Cone terrace in Chester le street  today (TUES), as gales and heavy rain continue to cause chaos across Northern England.  'SEE FLOODING COPY BY NORTH NEWS  'Cars lie abandoned in a flood water at Tanfield today after trying to cross washed out roads' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 25/09/2012'FLOOD CHAOS ACROSS THE NORTH TODAY .. ''A pedestrians shoe floats in the water on Cone terrace in Chester le street today (TUES), as gales and heavy rain continue to cause chaos across Northern England. 'SEE FLOODING COPY BY NORTH NEWS 'Cars lie abandoned in a flood water at Tanfield today after trying to cross washed out roads' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

“I am anxious about the potential effects the flooding could have upon residents. I particularly sympathise with those residents who have been affected by the flooding.

“I am also very concerned about the impact on businesses, especially in these troubled times.

“I feel that as a city with such a rich history, our heritage within Durham City must be protected from occurences such as these.”

The river also burst its banks in Cone Terrace, Chester-le-Street, yesterday morning.

FLOOD CHAOS ACROSS THE NORTH TODAY ..   The River Wear at Durham City has burst it banks flooding nearby streets and car parks outside the city centre passport offices as gales and heavy rain continue to cause chaos across Northern England.

FLOOD CHAOS ACROSS THE NORTH TODAY .. The River Wear at Durham City has burst it banks flooding nearby streets and car parks outside the city centre passport offices as gales and heavy rain continue to cause chaos across Northern England.

The A690 westbound, which runs through Durham City centre, had to be closed for a period yesterday afternoon because of flooding.

Durham Constabulary sent out a message yesterday, urging bosses to send home staff early yesterday afternoon to minimise disruption during rush hour.

It has used its Facebook page and Twitter to update people about issues on the roads.

This morning, the A167 between the Honest Lawyer and the Cock o’ the North was open, the A181 between Wingate and Station Town, the A690 at West Rainton and the sliproad west of Belmont off the A690 were open.

The water at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street, where the Wear had burst its banks, had reduced.

Torrential rain led to a garage collapsing in South Hetton. One wall of the garage, attached to a house in Plantation Walk, fell down yesterday evening. Fire crews from Seaham and High Handenhold stations were called to the property shortly before 6pm.

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