Busy time for fire crews as heavy rain causes flooding

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FIREFIGHTERS in Hartlepool and East Durham had a busy night pumping out flood water from properties and gardens as a result of the heavy rain fall.

Crews from Stranton Fire Station were called to Barra Grove, near Rossmere Park, in Hartlepool, after reports of flooded gardens to the rear of six houses.

Firefighters spent two hours at the scene yesterday teatime redirecting the water into the pond in the park and away from the houses.

Crew manager Kenny Braham said: “There was around half a dozen houses were the water had come up to the outhouses and the fear was that it would come into the houses.

“Residents had to move some appliances, like fridges, from the outhouses but thankfully the water didn’t come into the properties.”

Residents in Miers Avenue and West View Road faced similar problems and firefighters were called to two properties there to pump water out of the gardens to avoid it coming into the house.

At one stage firefighters had to carry two people, a lady with a baby and a pensioner, across the road into their homes because of the sheer volume of water, which was above ankle-deep, on the road.

Crews were then called to the Blue Bells Inn, in Newton Bewley, after the cellar flooded.

The pub did have its own pump but because the electric had gone off, firefighters were called and spent an hour pumping out the water.

Joe Haustead, watch manager at Peterlee Fire Station, said they had been called to a dozen flooded properties in the Peterlee, Horden and South Hetton area between 6pm and 10pm, with the majority suffering minor flood damage.

Meanwhile, motorists faced treacherous conditions with several areas of town badly affected by standing water including Greatham village, Powlett Road, Dunbar Road, Rossmere Road, Warren Road, the Oxford Road area and parts of Seaton Carew.

Meanwhile, the A179 was closed for several hours by police from around 7pm on Friday as a result of the heavy rain that had been falling all day. Motorists trying to enter Elwick Village were also turned round because of flooding in the village.

Tees Road, Bruntoft Avenue and Elizabeth Way were badly affected while the A19 near Peterlee, between junction A182 and the A181, also suffered from large areas of standing water.

Front Street, in Shotton Colliery, was closed while there were reports of widespread flooding in Billingham.

Redcar and Saltburn took the brunt of the flooding with dozens of houses evacuated.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Redcar & Cleveland district was worst affected, with many roads experiencing high levels of surface water, making driving conditions extremely difficult.

“In Hartlepool district, the area around Elwick village and the A19 was also badly affected by flooding and standing water.”

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesman said between 3.50pm and 10.40pm they received reports of flooding in 230 locations across the force area, with 200 reports between 6pm and 9pm.

Crews from North Yorkshire, Durham and Darlington were called in to help and 20 people were rescued from 10 different locations who were considered either at risk or in imminent danger due to the flooding.

No-one in Hartlepool had to be rescued due to flooding.

Weather forecasters say Saturday will be rather grey at first with low cloud, mist and fog but becoming brighter through the day but with showers developing for the afternoon, some of these heavy, possibly thundery and top temperatures of 16C.

Sunday is expected to be much brighter with a few showers developing in the afternoon.