'Power restored' in North East

Northern Powergrid engineers have now restored power to all storm hit customers in the North East of England where access to their properties has been possible, said the company.

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Environment secretary 'praises' emergency services in flood-hit region

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman told the BBC today that she wanted to “praise” emergency services and the local authority for “swinging into action” in dealing with adverse weather conditions.

Caroline Spelman praises emergency services Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

It was very important that people listened out for flood warnings and also took out insurance, she said.

"It's the Government's job to try to make sure that insurance is universally available and affordable, we are very close to an agreement with the insurance industry that will really take that forward into the future."

Rail disruption continues after floods in North East

Hundreds of rail engineers are working to repair damaged tracks in the North East of England after torrential rain in the region.

Tyne and Wear Metro network is running a reduced train service, with replacement buses operating between some stations.

Rail services were badly disrupted as rain tore away track beds at Scremerston, Northumberland, and landslides in the Lake District and Scottish Highlands caused more problems.

It led to thousands being stranded as no trains could pass between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The route has since been reopened, but with journey times extended by 90 minutes.

A normal service is expected to run between London and Leeds today.

Environment Secretary to visit flood-hit North East

People look out over the fast flowing River Wear in Durham today after heavy rainfall in the area Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is to visit the North East of England as the region begins the clear up after torrential rain.

Hundreds of rail engineers are working to repair damaged tracks which disrupted services between England and Scotland.

Northern Powergrid have aid 2,450 customers in the North East were without electricity after lightning strikes damaged supply lines.


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