Gales set to follow floods

MORE weather problems are expected later today following this morning’s flooding chaos.

Durham Police have issued a gales warning for between 5pm-8pm and a number of roads in the county near Hartlepool were still closed early this afternoon.

A19 North closed at the Dalton junction. Weather. Picture by FRANK REID

A19 North closed at the Dalton junction. Weather. Picture by FRANK REID

Among the worst affected routes were the B1281 betweeen Castle Eden and Hesleden and the B1280 at Wingate.

They were eventually reopened mid-afternoon although police were still urging motorists to take greater care than normal on these roads.

Problems in Hartlepool appear to have eased as the day progressed with Yarm and the Hartburn area of Stockton encountering the worst of the Cleveland force area’s difficulties.

Police in Hartlepool and East Durham earlier deemed a list of roads as impassible, leaving drivers struggling to find routes to work.

Incidents included:

• The A19 closing northbound from Wolviston to Peterlee with traffic being forced to travel either through Hartlepool or go along past Wynyard to the A1 due to flooding at Sheraton and Castle Eden;

• Thousands of motorists diverting through Hartlepool as routes through Wingate and Station Town were also heavily flooded with police having to turn drivers back to town;

• The A179 road closing between Sheraton and Station Town;

• The A689 road closing due to a massive pool of water near to Wynyard;

• Cars being abandoned in Station Town.

Firefighters were also stretched to the limit working around the clock to help dozens of flood-hit homeowners in Wingate, Peterlee, Wheatley Hill and Easington.

The A19 northbound eventually reopened around 9.30am with most other affected routes opening later in the morning.

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