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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.

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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.”

Fire service heads south to help floods clean-up

As poor weather continues to affect parts of the UK, flood-hit regions of Southern England are receiving support from County Durham and Darlington Fire and RescueService.

One of the service’s swift water rescue teams will also be based in Berkshire over the weekend.

It follows equipment and appliances which were deployed to Berkshire and London earlier in the week.

We are pleased that our expertise and equipment can be used to support communities and fire and rescue services in other areas of the UK when needed.

These arrangements have been made as part of national resilience arrangements and any costs will be met by central government.

We would like to reassure people living and working in County Durham and Darlington that we have another swift water rescue crew available should we need it and we are able to manage our deployments to ensure that we are covered in the event of incidents happening within our own service area.

– Stuart Errington, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
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