Demolition of a second block of flats in Newcastle, severely damaged by flooding, gets underway today (January 15th).
Spencer Court in Newburn was left devastated when an underground culvert collapsed after heavy rainfall and flash floods in September 2012.
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.”
Dunelm Homes has spent over £1.5m dealing with the aftermath of the flooding at Newburn. One demolition has already taken place.
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.'
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.
The Environment Agency has issued some Flood Warnings in the North East.
This means that flooding is expected in the affected areas and people should take appropriate action.
For more information click here.
The Environment Agency has issued several Flood Alerts across the North East.
For the full details and the latest information, click here.
The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the North East. This means that flooding is possible and people should be prepared. For more details click here.
The Environment Agency has issued the following advice to anyone living in flood alert areas:
- Protect pets and think about animals outside
- Avoid cycling
- Only travel if necessary
- Try to protect your property with sandbags
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Nidd. Flooding is possible for The River Nidd and the River Ouse.
A Flood Alert has been issued for the Lower River Tees. Flooding is possible for Low lying land in the Lower Tees valley, from Middleton St George to the Tees Barrage, including Lustrum Beck, Middlesbrough Becks, Greatham Beck and the Riverside footpaths at Yarm.