Emergency services were called after houses in Houghton became flood threatened.
Water was close to running into properties in the Market Place area of Houghton, near the town centre, on Monday night.
Torrential rain fell in the area for most of the evening.
Council response teams and fire crews were on hand to help place sand bags in front of homes to stop any water running in.
Councillors Mary and Billy Turton, who live in Market Place, say they alerted the council, the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water.
“The response team from the council were fantastic,” said Mary, who represents Copt Hill ward.
“We didn’t know what time the help would be provided but it was very quick.
“I’ve had calls from people such as a lady in Hetton Downs and those in Dairy Lane because they’ve been worried about flooding.
“In Dairy Lane work has been done to stop flooding there though.”