Wear rises to highest level in 10 years

Flooding in Durham City
Flooding in Durham City
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HEAVY rain caused the River Wear to rise to its highest level for more than 10 years in County Durham.

Water levels stubbornly refused to drop yesterday morning, but were receding during the afternoon.

Flooding in Durham City. 27 Nov 2012

Flooding in Durham City. 27 Nov 2012

The pitch at the Emirates International Cricket Ground at Chester-le-Street Riverside was flooded in one corner.

“It’s the third time we’ve had water on it since 2000,” said a spokesman for Durham County Cricket Club.

“The Wear runs nearby, but it’s more ground water rising than water coming directly from the river itself.

“Damage to property looks unlikely, although drains are not running and some toilets will not flush.

Flooding in Durham City. 27 Nov 2012

Flooding in Durham City. 27 Nov 2012

“We have some pumps which should keep any further rising at bay.”

A play area at nearby Riverside Park was also under water.

Part of the park flooded, but the water did not reach the bowling green and surrounding garden.

Houses in Cone Terrace, which have flooded in the past due a stream running into the Wear, were not flooded yesterday, partly due to pumping by the Environment Agency.

Occupiers were taking no chances with most using sandbags and plastic dams over their front doors.

Water levels remained high during the day in Durham City, but stopped short of flooding riverside properties.

Driving conditions remained difficult for most of the day with localised flooding on many roads.

A man had to be rescued from his broken-down car in floods on the A167 at Sunderland Bridge, but there were no reports of anyone suffering serious injury.

The bad weather on Monday had one positive impact – there were no reported crimes in Durham City.

The floods also caused a number of road closures in Sunderland. The A19 between the A1018 and the A690 was closed overnight on Monday and finally reopened yesterday.

The A182 Washington highway slip road to Mount Pleasant was also closed while Cleadon Lane in Whitburn, between Charley Hurley Centre and Sandy Chare, was passable yesterday.

Moor Lane, was closed next to the SAFC Academy as was Victoria Terrace, in East Boldon.

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