LIVE updates as flooding closes off A19 and firefighters help save houses from water
The downpour is causing disruption across the roads today, leading to closures and diversions.
An early closure of the A19 sliproad at the A690 in Sunderland was expanded to take in a stretch from the County Durham border due to the hazardous weather conditions.
Homes in Houghton have also been effected by flooding.
Emergency services are working to help manage the incidents, while the Met Office has issued a new yellow warning for snow and ice.
We’ll bring you the latest throughout the day as the situation develops.
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Updates on Wednesday, February 3, as rain causes disruption across the North East
Last updated: Wednesday, 03 February, 2021, 10:53
- Downpour leads to closure of three-mile stretch of A19 northbound
- Roads in Sunderland, East Durham and Hartlepool see impact of heavy rainfall
- Fire service called in to help protect homes from flood water in Houghton
- Photos show carriageway deluged
Emergency services called in to tackle flooded A19
This was the first report of issues on the route earlier on today, as Northumbria Police announced it had closed off access to the sliproad from the northbound side of the road up to the A690 Durham Road roundabout.
Closure extended as issues with flooding cause problems further south for motorists
The force went on to issue this follow up tweet, explaining how the flooding led to the section from the County Durham border being closed off.
First photos show impact of the downpour
This image just shows how much water has been left in the low section of the road leading up to the A690 junction at Durham Road.
Drivers urged to take care as large sections of the road are under water
This photo shows the section of the A690 roundabout, just off the sliproad from the A19 southbound.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service on scene
This is the latest from the fire service after it was called in to help protect the homes of those living close to the flooded section of the A19.
Photo shows how traffic is being guided off A19 near Seaham
Our photographer Stu has been sent out to take a look at the difficulties facing motorists today.
This photo was taken of the A1018 sliproad at Seaham as motorists are taken off the A19 and sent on a diversion towards Ryhope.
Specialist kit drafted in to help tackle the flooding
Highway chiefs have urged people to stay clear of the area, but say work is ongoing to deal with the issue.
Traffic continues to move on southbound side of the A19
Here’s a look at the A19 soundbound from Seaton Lane at Seaham - this side of the road remains open to traffic.
Clip captures the wet weather as traffic is helped off the A19 to avoid flooding
This video shows how terrible the weather conditions are:
Standing water causes concern on northbound route
This photo shows how a large amount of water has been able to collect on the road surface due to the wet conditions.
This image is taken of the section just south of Seaham, close to Burdon.