Floods threaten homes and leave roads hazardous

Firecrews dealing with flooding at a shop in Seaton lane, Seaham, on Saturday
Firecrews dealing with flooding at a shop in Seaton lane, Seaham, on Saturday
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FIRE crews across Wearside had a busy day thanks to Saturday’s downpour.

A total of 14 firefighters were called to Low Moorsley near Hetton, after homes there were threatened by flooding.

Crews from Rainton Bridge station spent more than four hours pumping away water running off a nearby golf course.

Houses in Deepdale Street and Borrowdale Street looked set to be overwhelmed by rain, after a month’s worth fell in 24 hours.

Three fire appliances were at the scene from 10.45am , after a concerned resident called 999.

Firefighters handed out 50 sandbags to the dozens of terraced houses facing the deluge.

Torrential downpours also hit businesses and homes in County Durham.

A specialist high-volume pumping machine was dispatched from Peterlee station at about 5pm, after the River Browney, a tributary of the Wear, burst its banks near the Honest Lawyer pub and hotel outside of Durham City.

There were also number of smashes on the roads as motorists faced treacherous driving conditions.

A Peugeot flipped onto its roof after crashing on the A19 southbound, close to the Seaham turn off, at 9.15am on Saturday.

The driver managed to escape before emergency services arrived, when she was given treatment at the scene by paramedics.

A man had to be cut free from his car by firefighters from Fulwell station in Sunderland, shortly after 11.30am on Saturday.

The driver of a Seat Toledo was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital after he collided with a Nissan Qashqai in Elmwood Avenue, Marley Pots.

Five people travelling in the Nissan managed to escape unhurt.

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