Calm after the storm – but Hartlepool residents still suffering after-effects

Damage on the Headland. Photo by Caroline Forknall
Damage on the Headland. Photo by Caroline Forknall

CALM was restored to Hartlepool following the treacherous storms which wreaked havoc through the town.

But some residents were still left suffering the after-effects of the high winds and downpours which battered the area leaving them without power up until midday on Friday.

High tide waters come over the Pilot Pier, Headland Hartlepool. Picture by IAN MALCOLMSON

High tide waters come over the Pilot Pier, Headland Hartlepool. Picture by IAN MALCOLMSON

NEDL did not have a record of how many households were affected but said those in the North Blackhall Farm area had lost electricity due to damaged cables.

A spokesman for the company said: “Our engineers managed to restore power to the affected properties by 11.55am.”

The Headland area of Hartlepool suffered flooding issues with West View Road being almost 3ft under water.

Queues of traffic could be seen heading towards the Headland from 5pm and police eventually allowed cars to pass across the rugby field and up the bank to Old Cemetery Road and onto Thorpe Street, one at a time.

And for a short time, cars were allowed passage to the Headland through the Brus Tunnel once the rugby field had become too boggy.

West View Road was re-opened at around 9pm.

Ian Malcolmson sent in some snaps he took of the effects of the storm and the high tides which almost covered the Pilot Pier, and said he had “never seen anything like it”.

The retired decorator, who is in his 60s and has lived on the Headland all of his life said: “I’ve seen high tides before but I’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve had a few floods before as well but nothing like that.

“It was quite extraordinary to see, the water must have been 3ft deep and was up to the wing mirrors of some cars just about. It was quite unbelievable, I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.”

The battering winds also caused chaos in other parts of the town with a section of Stockton Road being closed, from Westbourne Road to the Burn Valley roundabout, due to a fallen chimney stack.

Police briefly closed the A19 flyover to high-sided vehicles as it is deemed that it is too unsafe for them to cross.

There were constant warnings throughout telling motorists to drive with caution.

By mid-afternoon, Met Office experts placed Hartlepool on an amber alert as the stormy weather continued to batter the town gusts of up to 60mph.