Wear bursts banks in Durham

River Wear burst its banks at Durham on Thursday morning.

River Wear burst its banks at Durham on Thursday morning.

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IT’S nice weather for these ducks.

These birds took advantage of the extra space after the River Wear burst its banks in Durham city.

After March’s warm, dry start to spring, the region has been hit by a virtual non-stop deluge of rain this month.

Durham County Council, police and fire and rescue services responded to a number of reports of flooding in the county yesterday. Sand bags were used in some areas to prevent water damage.

The Environment Agency has placed flood alerts on 10 rivers in the North East.

Flood warnings are on another 26, including the lower River Wear from Escomb to Chester-le-Street, including the Rivers Browney, Cong Burn and Lumley Park Burn.

Sunny spells are expected tomorrow, with temperatures of 8˚C (46˚F).

However, Sunday will be very wet and windy, with strong easterly gales.

More showers are predicted for Monday and Tuesday.