James Ramsbotham from the North East Chamber of Commerce says it is "extremely embarrassing" that the A1 was forced to close for several days as a result of flooding.
Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees, he said businesses in the region have been resourceful in finding alternative ways to trade but the A1 closure would be costly.
From Northumberland to North Yorkshire, buildings have been evacuated, businesses have closed and people are still clearing up.
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Two furniture stores at Portrack Retail Park, Teesside, have been left in deep flooding after heavy rain.