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Heavy Rain Update

There has been heavy rainfall across South Tyneside which has affected the borough with standing water in some areas.

The highways gully team is working to prioritise areas of concerns around properties with greatest risk of flooding. The team is also visiting areas where there are historic flooding problems and dealing with general queries as and when they come in.

The entire workforce is on 'flood watch' and teams are being deployed to help combat any problem areas identified.

The rain is pushing northwards, followed by sunny spells and then some scattered heavy, possibly thundery, downpours later. The team is working very hard to minimise any further disruption and get everything back to normal.

A South Tyneside Council spokesperson said: "We have been working to deal with any surface flooding as swiftly as possible. The sheer deluge of rain over a short period caused surface flooding in some areas and as a result some roads have been affected. At present the recently installed defence systems seem to be holding well. We are not aware of any road closures at this time and all roads are passable with care.

"Staff from the Council and South Tyneside Homes are prioritising the most vulnerable residents and areas with the greatest need.

"Anyone needing help or information is advised to call our Contact Customer Centre on 0191 427 7000."

Motorists are advised to drive carefully and appropriate to the current conditions.

A Council spokesperson added: "We have made significant investment into flood defences across the borough which have helped in most areas but there will be some standing water, particularly around channels, due to the sheer deluge of rain that has fallen in such a short amount of time.

"South Tyneside Council staff and partners have reacted promptly and sensitively to the flooding, working extremely hard to assist residents and help clear some of the floodwater. Further rainfall is expected over the weekend."

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