Wear flooding problems ahead of Christmas break

Flooding on the A19 between Seaham and Herrington forced the closure of the road on Thursday, virtually in the same place as last month.

Flooding on the A19 between Seaham and Herrington forced the closure of the road on Thursday, virtually in the same place as last month.

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DRIVERS faced yet another weather headache this morning as heavy rainfall caused road closures once more.

Hangmans Lane between Stoneygate and Seaham Road is closed, and Moore Lane between Broadlands and Whitburn Road is also closed.

Huge waves crash against the harbour wall and lighthouse at Seaham, County Durham where gale force south easterly winds drive rough seas along the North Sea coastline, as wild weather sweeps across much of the country.

Huge waves crash against the harbour wall and lighthouse at Seaham, County Durham where gale force south easterly winds drive rough seas along the North Sea coastline, as wild weather sweeps across much of the country.

A stretch of the A19 northbound was closed, but reopened at 6.50am.

Fire fighters were called in after a car got stuck in flood waters in West Road, between Hawthorn and South Hetton.

The crew from Peterlee Fire Station were called out at 4.25pm on Thursday after the Ford Fiesta had been stuck in around a foot of water.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “The driver and passenger were in the car when we arrived and we had to push it out of the water.”

No one was injured.

Yesterday’s torrential rain saw the A19 closed in both directions at Seaham, with northbound traffic directed off the B1404 at Seaham, while southbound cars were being directed to the A690 at Sunderland.

The A19 was also closed northbound at the off-slip to the A184, in South Tyneside.

Northumbria Police today urged drivers to take care when setting out on journeys, with many people finishing work for the Christmas break.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of Northumbria Police, said: “Motorists are advised to take care on roads, drive safely and watch out for standing water.

“Moderate your speed and drive according to the conditions, maintaining a safe distance from other road users.

“Extra officers are out on the region’s roads monitoring the situation.

“Drivers are urged not to take risks and drive through areas that have been flooded.”

Huge waves also battered the coastlines of Sunderland and Seaham.

Burn Park, in Durham Road, near Sunderland city centre, was flooded in the deluge.

Weather forecasters expect today’s weather to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

Rain around Sunderland will become lighter and patchier through the afternoon, with temperatures reaching highs of about 6°C.

For advice about flooding call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 9881188 or go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.