Homes hit by flooding

The scene in Wingate.

The scene in Wingate.

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HOMES were left flooded after being hit for the second time in a week.

Firefighters spent up to five hours pumping away water from Woodland View, in Wingate, where some houses were under six inches of water.

Fire chiefs say six homes at the bottom of a dip, close to a nearby stream, were affected the worst.

Two appliances from Peterlee Fire Station were originally sent to the scene at 7.45pm yesterday and had to call for back-up from colleagues from the Seaham and Durham City stations.

The residents helped in the operation, bailing out water with buckets.

It came after last night’s heavy downpours, although firefighters say they could not be sure that the weather was the sole factor.

Firefighter Ben Dalton, from Peterlee Fire Station, said: “Between four and six inches of water had gone into homes.

“We pumped the water into a stream.

“We are not 100 per cent sure what was the cause, although the weather was a big contributing factor.

“Our crews were there until midnight and the crews from Seaham and Durham spent a further hour there.”

The Hartlepool Mail reported on Saturday that firefighters spent more than two hours pumping water from the street around 10pm on Friday.

And in August last year, the cul-de-sac was left under almost three feet of water following heavy rain and a blocked drain.

l THE bad weather has led to a food event being cancelled.

The Mail’s parent company Northeast Press has called off the Delicious North East Food & Drink Festival this weekend due to the rain and associated health and safety concerns.