Roads closed as rain causes flooding

MOTORISTS are facing treacherous conditions on the roads as a result of the heavy rainfall.

Firefighters from Stranton Fire Station have been busy dealing with flooding and problems with standing water across Hartlepool on Friday night.

Cars ploughthrough flooding at Stranton during the inclement weather.

Cars ploughthrough flooding at Stranton during the inclement weather.

Powlett Road, Dunbar Road, Rossmere Road, Warren Road, the Oxford Road area and parts of Seaton Carew appear the worst affected with standing water at the Brus Corner as well.

Meanwhile, the A179 was closed by the police at around 7pm as a result of the heavy rain that has been falling all day.

Motorists trying to enter Elwick Village were also being turned round because of flooding in the village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

A 29-year-old resident of Bishop Cuthbert said: “I tried to drive along the A179 out of Hartlepool but the police had blocked the road off and cars were turning around.

“I then tried to go through Elwick village, but the road near the play area was flooded and the water came over my bonnet.”

Tees Road at Seaton, Bruntoft Avenue and Elizabeth Way have also been badly affected with standing water and raised manholes.

The A19 near Peterlee, between junction A182 and the A181, also suffered from large areas of standing water and motorists have been warned to be mindful of the conditions.

Front Street in Shotton Colliery was also closed, while there has also been widespread flooding in Billingham.

A spokesman for the Cleveland Police Road Policing Unit said: “Poor weather this evening for the area, rain causing lots of localised flooding.

“Please take care when driving.”

Forecasters say further persistent and occasionally heavy spells of rain are expected into the evening, with gale force gusts remaining possible near the coast.

Both the rain and wind should begin to ease from the southeast through the early hours however.