Families who were forced out of their homes by the heavy rain back in September say they're devastated they're having to face Christmas in temporary accommodation.
The apartments in Newburn, west of Newcastle, have now been demolished.
The heavy rain caused a culvert to collapse, washing away the ground underneath.
Many of the families have had to move in with relatives or stay in temporary accommodation while they wait for their insurance to be settled.
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Mike Barton of Durham Police is the national policing lead for the programme, which aims to turn around thousands of lives.
Ian Carr was found by the occupants of the home and stayed there snoozing until the police arrived and woke him up.
A security guard was threatened with a knife as the pair stole a black cash box before making off in a waiting car.