Wet and wild weather here to stay for now

Heavy rain and high winds in Hartlepool yesterday. A photographer captures the waves as things get rough at the Heugh.
Heavy rain and high winds in Hartlepool yesterday. A photographer captures the waves as things get rough at the Heugh.

Rain and wind continued to make life difficult – and more than a little dramatic at times – in Hartlepool yesterday.

Standing water on roads and footpaths have caused problems for drivers and pedestrians – and council chiefs have been keeping a close eye on water levels.

Waves crash into the breakwater at the Heugh.

Waves crash into the breakwater at the Heugh.

The council used social media to alert visitors to the town’s Rossmere and Ward Jackson Parks that their ponds were close to flooding and to be careful on country paths.

Despite the wet weather, several people were not put off from visiting the Headland to see the waves crashing into the Heugh Breakwater.

But it may be a while before the town dries out.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the North East region today as more rain is expected between now and Sunday, with even a chance of sleet on Friday.

We were happy to clean a few homes out so the people can get back in and start rebuilding their lives

Stephen Picton

It said: “An active frontal system is expected to move northeastwards on Thursday.

“Although there remain uncertainties in the precise details and timing of this system, there is concern that areas that have experienced exceptionally wet weather may well see further heavy rain, bringing a renewed flood risk.”

Any problems related to the weather can be reported to Hartlepool council on (01429) 523333.