LATEST NEWS: A19 closed and Washington Highway shut due to flooding

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THE A19 has been shut in both directions from the A690 to the A1018 and A1404 junctions because of flooding.

Diversions are in place at the A690 across to the A1 and police are directing traffic.

The A19 is also closed North bound between Testos roundabout (A184) and the Boldon Turnoff (Hedworth Lane) due to standing water, and at Castle Eden southbound between the A181 and A179 junctions.

The A182 Washington Highway is also closed both ways between the Bonemill Lane and Station Road junctions because of flooding.

Police are urging drivers to take extra care as there may be standing water due to the heavy rainfall.

Officers are advising motorists to allow extra time for their journey, make sure they leave plenty of distance from the vehicle in front and avoid driving into standing water where possible.