Deluge descends on us once more

Cyclist in Nookside, Sunderland, during Monday afternoon's torrential rain.
Cyclist in Nookside, Sunderland, during Monday afternoon's torrential rain.
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MUCH of Wearside was left drenched yesterday as torrential rain fell yet again.

Thunder and lightning also came as the bad weather returned to the North East for the second day in a row.

Motorists on the A19 southbound faced long tailbacks after a single car crash just past the A690 Doxford Park turn-off.

The male driver was given first aid at the scene.

Two crews from Sunderland Central fire station dealt with the incident, which happened just after 5.30pm.

During Sunday’s deluge, fire crews dealt with 199 flooding calls in just three hours.

The fire service’s control room had to cope with the calls between 2pm and 5pm.

Some 43 calls were attended by fire crews.

These included the service’s specialist Swift Water Rescue Team rescuing two men from a car stranded in floodwater on Newcastle’s central motorway.

Firefighters also assisted passengers from a train near Tyne Dock Metro Station, which had become stranded.

John Pratt, area manager for community safety at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I would like to praise our staff for their professionalism and the public for their patience during these difficult conditions.”

Forecasters say that more showers are expected today with high temperatures of around 14ºC. Skies should brighten up tomorrow.