Residents evacuated from Mill Vale

More residents in Newburn are being advised to leave their homes today as more rain is expected tomorrow.

People living in Mill Vale in Newburn, are advised to leave following concerns that rain forecast for Sunday could cause further flooding.

Earlier this week all remaining residents in Spencer Court, Newburn, were evacuated after persistent heavy rain caused the estate to flood - severely eroding the foundations of one of the five blocks of flats.

A statement by Newcastle City Council said "A second dene behind Mill Vale homes which has debris from an earlier flooding event could fill very quickly with water if a culvert becomes blocked, and so the decision to evacuate was taken by the emergency services and Newcastle City Council"

This decision to evacuate Mill Vale homes is an operational decision taken for safety reasons which I support.

In making this decision we have wanted to give people plenty of time to consider the advice and pack their belongings.

I would call on insurance companies to give residents every assistance that they can. If they do not, then the city council will work hard to lobby on residents’ behalf.”

– Cllr Henri Murison, Newcastle City Council
  • 51 homes are affected by the evacuation.
  • The City Council has set up a rest centre for residents at Newburn Activity Centre.
  • A free temporary bus service for residents is being provided by Nexus until normal services are resumed.

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Newburn landslide

Fifty homes had to be evacuated on the Mill Vale Estate in Newburn after a landslide washed away the foundations of a block of flats - leaving it on the point of collapse.