North East rain warning upgraded to amber as floods cause A19 closure

Flooding on the A19. Photo: Durham RPU
Flooding on the A19. Photo: Durham RPU
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Flooding on the A19 is among the problems being caused by a deluge of rain across the North East.

On Tuesday evening, it was closed northbound from Testos Roundabout to Lindisfarne Roundabout in Jarrow, causing congestion and problems for motorists heading towards the Tyne Tunnel. Roads around Nissan were also affected, including the A1290, impacting on some bus services.

The A19 was also cut down to one lane on the northbound carriageway near Peterlee on Tuesday afternoon.

The Met Office has increased its weather warning to amber with further spells of heavy rain expected. Up to 40mm could land on already saturated land.

The warning states: “Please be prepared for further surface water and river flooding from the cumulative effect of the rainfall. The worst of the rain should begin to ease overnight.

“A slow-moving frontal zone across the warning area is continuing to bring spells of heavy rain. The emphasis for the heaviest rain has transferred northwards across North East England to become focused across Northumberland and Durham, including Tyne and Wear, where we can expect some localised medium impacts from the additional rainfall.”

Click here to see the areas at risk of flooding.