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Cars submerged in Newburn Bridge flooding

Submerged cars at Newburn Bridge. Photo: NCJ Media

A burst water main in the Newburn Bridge area of Newcastle has caused serious flooding. Northumbrian Water has declared a 'major incident'.

Some cars have been nearly submerged by the flood.

Philip Preston sent this dramatic footage to his Twitter account:

Northumbrian Water said that crews were on site at 8:55am on Monday and the burst was stopped at 9:50am. The organisation received 130 calls from customers about their water supply being affected by the burst, but by 10:08am service was restored.

Credit: NCJ Media

During incidents like this our priority is always our customers, their safety and making sure that their water is flowing and services are up and running.

“Thanks to the quick work of our response team we were able to shut off the burst pipe in just 55 minutes which, considering the severity of the burst and the amount of water, was a great effort and meant that the flooding was minimised as much as possible.

“It took 94 minutes from the first call into us about the incident to water being restored to customers, which again, is great resilience from the team, our assets and networks and thanks to the hard work of our technicians and people on the ground.

“We’d like to thank the residents in Newburn and the affected areas for their patience and understanding during the incident this morning and we’d also like to thank Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, and Northumbria Police for their ongoing assistance.”

– Andrew Blakemore, Network Services Manager - Northumbrian Water
Credit: NCJ Media