A splashing summer


HARTLEPOOL woke up to torrential rain again this morning as the miserable British summer continues.

Forecasters expect more than a month’s rain in the region in the next two days, but while conditions were bad across town this morning, neighbouring areas were expected to be harder hit.

Met Office chiefs have issued an amber alert – the second most severe category that can be given – and have warned people to expect similar scenes which followed torrential downpours across the region last week.

There were delays on trains running between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough this morning after the rain caused problems with signals, while emergency services have contingency plans in place should conditions worsen.

Met office forecaster Martin Young said: “We are expecting outbreaks of heavy rain which could cause disruption, including difficult driving conditions and flooding in some areas.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday may lead to significant flooding of properties across parts of northern England.

“We urge people to remain vigilant and be prepared for flooding by checking the Environment Agency website and signing up for localised river flood warnings.”