THREE teenage boys had to be rescued when getting stuck on a steep bank after heavy rain.
The youngsters could not get back up Castle Eden Dene, near Peterlee, which became muddy following a day of downpours.
They called police for help and officers then alerted the fire brigade.
Two crews from Peterlee Fire Station attended the incident which happened around 8.15pm last night.
They pulled the boys, said to be aged 15 or 16, to safety using ropes and harnesses.
Crew manager Richard Morgan said: “They weren’t very high up, they just couldn’t get their footing to come back up the slope.
“The stream at the bottom was quite fast flowing from all the rain.”
The boys had been stuck for around half an hour when they called for help and the rescue operation took another 15 minutes.
The brigade were also called to Woodland View, Wingate, at around 10pm.
They worked for more than two hours to pump water away from homes, but a small amount of water entered one property.
Today is due to be dry but cloudy and misty but the showers are forecast to return tomorrow and into next week with temperatures struggling to reach just 15C.