North East flooding

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the North East, and some roads have been closed, after heavy rain overnight.

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Floods attack on insurance industry

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has criticised the insurance industry after 200,000 householders were warned that they could lose their home cover.

During the last period of bad weather, the Environment Agency reported that over nine hundred properties had been flooded.

The Government and insurers from the Association of British Insurers clashed during talks to agree a deal for a 'safety net' for homeowners in flood-risk areas.

Mr Paterson says that the Government is "completely determined" to come up with an affordable scheme to help protect households in at-risk areas, whilst also not burdening taxpayers.

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Hospital to reopen

Emergency service workers lay sandbags to stop flooding Credit: ITV

The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton is expected to fully reopen this morning after flooding caused problems yesterday. Ten operations were cancelled due to drainage issues after Monday's down-pour.

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Floods: overnight watch at Cowpen Bewlay near Billingham

Late this evening, flood water is still being pumped away from the road outside homes at Cowpen Bewlay near Billingham.

The operation began at 11am and will continue into the night to keep the water level below the doorsteps, which have been sandbagged.

So far, the effort has stopped flood water from pouring into the houses.

Floods threaten homes at Cowpen Bewlay near Billingham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Sandbags outside homes in Cowpen Bewlay Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
A rubber duck floating in the flood water at Cowpen Bewlay Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A167 flooded in County Durham

The A167 has been closed in both directions at Croxdale, after it became too dangerous for vehicles to get through.

Fire crews are expected to spend the next few hours at the scene just south of Durham, to pump water away from the road surface.

Floods on the A167 between Durham and Croxdale Credit: Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue
Evening rush hour on A167 near Durham Credit: Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue
Flood water surrounds the Honest Lawyer pub near Durham Credit: Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue
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