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River Wear bursts its banks in Durham city

River Wear bursts its banks in Durham Credit: IOT and County Durham/Facebook

There is flooding in the centre of Durham, on the Framwellgate Waterside footpath and on the riverbank paths next to Milburngate Bridge.

The Wear burst its banks in the city centre at around 8pm.
The Environment Agency says the river levels there are rising significantly, and that property flooding is likely from 10pm.

More heavy rain is expected overnight, so river levels in the city will remain high.

Military helps inspect flood defences across the region

Flood defences in York. Credit: British Army
Soldiers, sailors and airmen were tasked with inspecting 2,453 flood risk sites across the region. Credit: British Army
The inspection work came about after the flooding that hit many parts of the country earlier this year. Credit: British Army

Military personnel have been helping the Environment Agency in their efforts to reduce the risk of flooding in the North East. Soldiers, sailors and airmen were tasked with inspecting 2,453 flood risk sites across the region.

The inspection work came about after the flooding that hit many parts of the country earlier this year. They travelled around the North East’s coastlines, rivers, culverts and reservoirs recording any defects and reporting them to the Environment Agency.

Matt Crump, from the Environment Agency, said: “This has helped us gain a clearer picture of the current condition of local flood defences, which were put under significant pressure during storms, high tides and record levels of rainfall this winter.”

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