THE River Wear burst its banks in Durham City, causing the worst flooding in the city for three years.
Workers at the Radisson Blu Hotel and the passport office on Framwellgate Waterside were given the day off for their safety.
Hotel guests watched in horror as the water level rose, with a red Ford Ka vehicle left partially submerged by the water.
Durham University’s Elvet Riverside car park was also flooded.
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods voiced her concerns about the effects of the storm.
“I am very concerned about the impact of the heavy rainfall in Durham, which has caused flooding around the banks of the River Wear and across some parts of the county.
“I am anxious about the potential effects the flooding could have upon residents. I particularly sympathise with those residents who have been affected by the flooding.
“I am also very concerned about the impact on businesses, especially in these troubled times.
“I feel that as a city with such a rich history, our heritage within Durham City must be protected from occurences such as these.”
The river also burst its banks in Cone Terrace, Chester-le-Street, yesterday morning.
The A690 westbound, which runs through Durham City centre, had to be closed for a period yesterday afternoon because of flooding.
Durham Constabulary sent out a message yesterday, urging bosses to send home staff early yesterday afternoon to minimise disruption during rush hour.
It has used its Facebook page and Twitter to update people about issues on the roads.
This morning, the A167 between the Honest Lawyer and the Cock o’ the North was open, the A181 between Wingate and Station Town, the A690 at West Rainton and the sliproad west of Belmont off the A690 were open.
The water at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street, where the Wear had burst its banks, had reduced.
Torrential rain led to a garage collapsing in South Hetton. One wall of the garage, attached to a house in Plantation Walk, fell down yesterday evening. Fire crews from Seaham and High Handenhold stations were called to the property shortly before 6pm.