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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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Full Report: More Newburn flats to be demolished

A second block of flats are being demolished on a Tyneside housing estate that was wrecked by floods in September 2012.

Heavy rain washed away the land and foundations under part of Spencer Court in Newburn.

The families living there were forced to quickly pack up their belongings and leave.

One block was demolished a month after the floods. The developers say they had no choice but to tear this one down too.

ITV Tyne Tee's Katie Oakes spoke to Geoff Woodcock, from Dunelm Homes, Derek Watt from MGL demolition and local resident Tom Caine.


Newburn residents 'already endured distress'

A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council confirmed they have approved a demolition request from Dunelm Homes.

“This is obviously a very sad development for the residents of Spencer Court who have already endured a great deal of distress and inconvenience.

“We continue to work closely with Dunelm Homes to try to get the best outcomes for all of the residents and parties involved.”

– Newcastle City Council

Dunelm Homes has spent over £1.5m dealing with the aftermath of the flooding at Newburn. One demolition has already taken place.

Dunelm Homes: "It is extremely sad"

Dunelm Homes has released a statement following the confirmation that a second demolition will take place at the Newburn flats. A spokesperson said the company understands how distressing the situation is for the people who lived there and that it has been 'shocking'.

‘It is extremely sad that another Block of apartments at Spencer Court has become a victim of the catastrophic events following the culvert collapse in May 2012. The impact on all of the residents at Spencer Court has been shocking and protracted and our sincere sympathies are with them.

‘In August we shared with the leaseholders our opinion that the risk of attempting to pressure grout Block B was too high – as explained in our statement dated 21st August.

‘We will continue to support leaseholders throughout the coming months, which are bound to continue to be very distressing for them.'

– Dunelm Homes

Demolition date for Newburn flats

A demolition date has been set for a block of flats damaged by flooding in May 2012. People living at Spencer Court in Newburn were forced to leave their homes. Block B will now be demolished. The decision follows technical investigations by engineers and negotiations.

Millfield Lane will be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles from 8am on Tuesday 14th January 2014 to allow contractors to secure the site.

The demolition work is planned for the following day and will last for two weeks.

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