Sunderland hit by flooding after month’s worth of rain falls in 24 hours

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MOTORISTS faced a soggy start to the weekend as heavy downpours led to road closures across Wearside.

Police shut a stretch of the westbound A690 near to the Highfield Hotel on Saturday morning due to flooding.

A19 southbound closed at the A690 Durham Road junction, due to flooding on Saturday.

A19 southbound closed at the A690 Durham Road junction, due to flooding on Saturday.

It is thought as much as a month’s worth of rain may have fallen in just 24 hours.

The A19 southbound was also closed for a short time near the A690 turn off, after a crash involving a Peugeot.

It is not known if anyone was hurt in the accident, which was reported to police shortly after 11am.

Shoppers in Sunderland city centre were also left waterlogged, when stairs to the walkway linking St Mary’s carpark with High Street West had to be closed off.

And firefighters had to pump flood waters out of a newsagents in Seaham.

Crews were called to Mace Express in Seaton Lane on Saturday at about 10.20am, after rain water began running into the store.

Standing water caused problems for drivers around the region, with pools of water gathering near the aptly-named River View flats of High Street East in Sunderland’s East End.

Motorists have been warned to take care after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning shortly before 9am on Saturday, that heavy rain was expected throughout the day.

Northumbria Police said most roads throughout the force area were open and passable with care.

Metro passengers also faced delays to trains running between Pelaw and South Hylton.

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