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We've been looking into who's responsible for people having to leave their homes after floods and a landslide in Newburn, near Newcastle. Last week's record rainfall led to disaster for residents on the Mill Vale Estate.
The foundations were washed clean away from the block of flats called Spencer Court, which is being demolished next week. Scores of families were evacuated from nearby flats and houses too. People were struggling to get compensation claims moving.
Back in May a culvert was running under the estate, collapsed further up the bank on land owned by Northumberland Estates. It's thought the escaping water may have de-stabilised Spencer Court. and its builders, Dunelm Homes, evacuated it.
Dunelm Homes told us they had the section of culvert under their land inspected in 2002 when they bought the site and again in May this year. And Northumberland Estates said they last had the culvert under their land inspected 5 years ago.
David Slater who is the Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration at Newcastle City Council spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about how often culverts should be inspected.
Pedestrians in Morpeth have been warned against using Chantry Bridge, which was damaged when the River Wansbeck burst its bank.
Work is being carried out by engineers before it can reopen.
Communal skips have been placed on High Stanners and Mitford Road, in which water damaged goods can be disposed.
A block of flats in Newcastle is due to be brought down this week after flooding caused part of the ground beneath it to wash away.
Residents in nearby streets in Newburn have been advised to stay out of their properties in the days ahead.
Some residents have returned to their homes in Mill Vale after expected overnight rain didn't fall.
Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service are pumping millions of gallons of flood water from a dene close to Mill Vale in the flood-hit area of Newburn near Newcastle.
Some residents have returned to their homes today after being evacuated yesterday as a precautionary safety measure.
Families from 50 homes in Newcastle are evacuating tonight after police warned that more flooding could be on the way in Newburn in Newcastle.
The residents live next to a block of flats that is on the verge of collapsing because of floods earlier this week, but tonight it could be their houses that suffer the most.
Brian Manning, Executive Director at Dunelm Homes speaks to ITV Tyne Tees about the impact of the flooding on the flood-hit Newburn estate in Newcastle.
Newcastle City Council have said they will hold an inquiry into the flooding at Newburn which has led to families being evacuated from their homes.
The independent inquiry was called for last night at a meeting with residents to discuss the situation at Spencer Court.
The cost of clearing rubble and silt from High Street, Newburn, where businesses were also affected by flooding has been estimated at £500,000. The council has agreed to foot this bill in the short term but will recover all of the costs.
Each of the affected households is immediately eligible for a one-off emergency cash payment based on family size.
This can be accessed by contacting Your Homes Newcastle's Investment Delivery team on 0800 091 1256.