Just how bad was Storm Desmond?

Corbridge in December 2015

Storm Desmond was an exceptional event which saw the highest river levels on the River Tyne since the great flood of 1771. It followed a month of rainfall in November which saturated ground conditions across the North East.

It involved:


flood warnings


severe flood warnings


properties flooded


of rain fell over the South Tyne in 24 hours on December 5th


cubic metres per second was the peak flow through the Tyne

The highest levels since records began were recorded at Bywell (6.96m) and Corbridge (5.76m)

The River Tyne at Corbridge during the Storm Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The environment agency carried out emergency repairs to 80 metres of flood bank in Corbridge, working into the night to ensure it was repaired before more heavy rainfall passed through.