FIFTY Wearside homes were evacuated as properties became flooded.
People in Longacre, Dunelm Drive and Mill Terrace, all in Houghton, as well as those in Dene Street and Borrowdale Street, Hetton, had to be evacuated.
Edith Corney, who lives in Dunelm Drive, said she rang the fire brigade after she was woken by 90-year-old neighbour Doris Brown.
“Doris saved the street,” she said.
“I was out helping firefighters from 2.30am until 5.30am.”
Mrs Corney said it was the fourth time in nine years the street had been hit by flooding.
“We are sick of this happening here,” she added. “Everyone is fully aware of what happens when we get weather like this.”
Coverdale Avenue, in Concord, Washington, also was flooded.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s control room fielded almost 130 calls relating to the weather and flooding between midnight and noon.
Crews from North Moor and Rainton Bridge fire stations were called to the bus depot in Philadelphia Lane, Houghton, to pump out the ground floor of the garage, which was under 8ft of water.
Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling said: “I would like to thank the public for their patience during these difficult conditions.”
The public footpath at the rear of the former Vaux brewery site on the banks of the Wear was also closed as a precaution, after similar heavy rain caused a landslide several weeks ago.
The Highways Agency is still advising drivers to consider whether their journey is really necessary before setting off.
People looking for further advice about flooding in their area should call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.