Travel chaos as rain causes flash flooding in South Shields

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Traffic in parts of South Shields was brought to a standstill today following heavy rain across the borough.

Metro trains between South Shields and Jarrow were off for an hour this afternoon (Saturday) after flash flooding caused a break in the service.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews were out providing support at several incidents in the area, as Nexus engineers worked to get the Metro service back up and running.

A tweet from the service’s account, posted on Saturday afternoon, said: “The Service is currently assisting at several flooding incidents across the South Shields area due to flash flooding.”

Watch Manager, Ed Waugh of South Shields Fire Station, said they were called to several reports of cars trapped in flooding.

One of the worst hit was Jarrow Road where despite road closure signs drivers were still trying to get through.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

He said: “Two cars were stuck in the water there, but the occupants were self rescued before we arrived.

“It was just crazy. The water was really deep. I can’t explain why people still think they can try to drive through it.”

A spokesman for Nexus said earlier: “There has been no trains between Jarrow and South Shields since about 1.40pm due to an extremely heavy bout of rain over South Shields which has caused some flooding in the Tyne Dock tunnel.

“We have engineers on site carrying out assessments and we are waiting for a further update from them.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

“We apologies to passengers for the disruption caused by an extreme bout of weather which overwhelmed the drainage in the tunnel.”

Metro tickets were previously being accepted on the number 27 and 88 Go North East bus services.

The kick-off for South Shields FC’s game against Bishop Auckland was also delayed by 15 minutes until 3.15pm due to congestion on the roads surrounding the ground.

Sarah Robson, 22, was visiting her grandad at his home in Harton Lane when the rain started.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - fire crew attending properties in Prince of Wales Close, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - fire crew attending properties in Prince of Wales Close, South Shields.

She said: “Before we knew it the front garden started to cover with water.

“When I went and looked at the back garden, to my disbelief, you couldn’t see anything but water.”

Sarah, who also lives in South Shields, said that her grandad’s garden ornaments were barely visible because of the water.

She added: “You couldn’t believe how it was coming down.”

Thanks to all of the readers who have sent in pictures and video.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - fire crew attending properties in Prince of Wales Close, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - fire crew attending properties in Prince of Wales Close, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

Flash flooding on South Tyneside - traffic on John Reid Road, South Shields.

Flooding at Tyne Dock. Picture by Stephen Gallagher.

Flooding at Tyne Dock. Picture by Stephen Gallagher.

Flooding in the South Shields area. Picture by @TaylorandBesty on Twitter

Flooding in the South Shields area. Picture by @TaylorandBesty on Twitter

Flash flooding outside Kennedy's bar in South Shields.
Picture sent by Clare Walsh

Flash flooding outside Kennedy's bar in South Shields. Picture sent by Clare Walsh

Flooding in South Shields area. Garden in Temple Park Road. Picture: Margaret Jones.

Flooding in South Shields area. Garden in Temple Park Road. Picture: Margaret Jones.