Flooding: Latest

After more than a month's rainfall in 24 hours we look at the aftermath of the flooding.

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Council: "It's up to landowners to inspect culverts"

We've been looking into who's responsible for people having to leave their homes after floods and a landslide in Newburn, near Newcastle. Last week's record rainfall led to disaster for residents on the Mill Vale Estate.

The foundations were washed clean away from the block of flats called Spencer Court, which is being demolished next week. Scores of families were evacuated from nearby flats and houses too. People were struggling to get compensation claims moving.

Back in May a culvert was running under the estate, collapsed further up the bank on land owned by Northumberland Estates. It's thought the escaping water may have de-stabilised Spencer Court. and its builders, Dunelm Homes, evacuated it.

Dunelm Homes told us they had the section of culvert under their land inspected in 2002 when they bought the site and again in May this year. And Northumberland Estates said they last had the culvert under their land inspected 5 years ago.

David Slater who is the Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration at Newcastle City Council spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about how often culverts should be inspected.

Flood advice in Morpeth

River Wansbeck at Morpeth Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Pedestrians in Morpeth have been warned against using Chantry Bridge, which was damaged when the River Wansbeck burst its bank.

Work is being carried out by engineers before it can reopen.

Communal skips have been placed on High Stanners and Mitford Road, in which water damaged goods can be disposed.



Inquiry into Newburn flats

Newcastle City Council have said they will hold an inquiry into the flooding at Newburn which has led to families being evacuated from their homes.

The independent inquiry was called for last night at a meeting with residents to discuss the situation at Spencer Court.

The cost of clearing rubble and silt from High Street, Newburn, where businesses were also affected by flooding has been estimated at £500,000. The council has agreed to foot this bill in the short term but will recover all of the costs.

Each of the affected households is immediately eligible for a one-off emergency cash payment based on family size.

This can be accessed by contacting Your Homes Newcastle's Investment Delivery team on 0800 091 1256.

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