More flooding hits the region

Wet weather brought more floods to the North East and North Yorkshire over the weekend.

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Cleveland Show cancelled due to bad weather

The event to be held in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park on Saturday 28th July has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

The decision was taken following the recent spells of persistent heavy rain.

The unusually wet conditions have left the ground in the park sodden and the committee did not want to risk causing lasting damage to the historic park, particularly after the a £9 million refurbishment project.

The long-term weather forecast offers little hope of much sunshine, and adding this to the logistics of relocating the show so close to the event we are left with no other viable alternative.

– Deputy Show Director Barrie Robinson

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Wet Weather Flood Advice

A months worth of rain is due to fall in 24 hours across the UK.

The AA is reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in heavy rain and homeowners to take precautions against flooding, where possible.

DarronBurness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations explains:

“With more torrential downpours expected across the UK today, localised or flash flooding could catch people out.

Even if you know the local area well, lots of water on the roads can change their appearance and mask hidden hazards,“ explains Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations.

“It’s often impossible to gauge the depth of flood water, so don’t even chance it. Not only do you risk wrecking your engine but there may be dislodged manhole covers and other debris.

“It only takes six inches of fast flowing water to knock you off your feet and one foot of water to float a car.”

AA Flood Advice

Keep speed down, be watchful for standing water and not risk driving through flood water

Driving fast through standing water is dangerous; tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control – known as “aquaplaning”

If this happens, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip

If you break down in heavy rain, don’t prop the bonnet open while you wait for help to arrive.

The engine will be more difficult to start again if the electrics are rain-soaked.

Schoolchildren moved after flooding closes schools

Two schools in North Tyneside are making alternative arrangements for pupils because they have been closed since last week's floods.From Monday, July 9, children will be educated in other locations.

  • Langley First School
  • Reception – to attend Coquet Park First School, The Links, Whitley Bay
  • Year 1 – to attend Appletree Gardens First School, Appletree Gardens, Monkseaton
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 – to attend Monkseaton High School, Seatonville Road, Monkseaton
  • Woodlawn School
  • Reception and Key Stage One – to attend Benton Dene School, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton
  • Key Stages Two and Three and Year 10 – to attend Beacon Hill School, Rising Cottages, Wallsend
  • Year 11 and post-16 – to attend Longbenton Community College, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton

Childcare Norham day nursery at Alnwick Road, North Shields, remains closed.

'Significant' flooding expected

A severe flood warning has been issued to tell people to expect a month's rainfall in 24 hours, with the North East among the worst affected.

"We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.

"We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it.

– Craig Woolhouse, The Environment Agency

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning, the second highest, and the Environment Agency is warning people to start preparing for flooding.

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Lanchester prepares for flooding

People in Lanchester are preparing for excess surface water.

Sandbags block doorways Credit: ITV

A shop owner puts a 'thank you' sign in the window after the community helped clean her shop after last week's floods.

A thank you note Credit: ITV

Some shops are still closed after the floods last Thursday.

Businesses are closed Credit: ITV
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