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Northumbria: Latest weather/flooding update

September 25, 2012, 10:03 am

The situation around the weather conditions and traffic issues continue to change.

The river in Morpeth broke its banks and the town centre area is flooding. We have extra officers in the area to help residents. Anyone who is affected is asked to go to the town hall where a rest centre has been set up.

Around 90 residents from the Dawson Place area of Morpeth have been evacuated as a precaution – police are working with the local authority and they are being taken to the Town Hall and King Edward High School – which are being used as temparory rest centres.

Around 30 to 40 residents from the Spencer Court, Hareside Court, Hareside Walk and Mill Vale areas of Newburn have also been evacuated. They have been taken to Newburn First school.

The road in Mill Lane, Newburn, has collapsed and an area is cordened off.

On the A690 westbound, outside of Reg Vardy, just off the A19 – the road has collapsed and is likely to remain closed for some time.

The force continues to work with local authorities across the force and partner agencies and monitoring local rivers and areas at risk.

Supt Dave Byrne said: “We are continuing to get a lot of calls – we will respond to all of them – only use the 999 service in an emergency situation and please be patient, we have a lot of officers out on the ground helping keep people safe.”

Metro and rail services are still running – with delays and a slower service.

Other road closures are: 

A1 Northbound – between the coal house roundabout and Lobley Hill
A19 Northbound of Testos is open, Southbound is closed
A189 Findus roundabout, West Moor, in all directions
Scotswood Road – near to Benfield motors
A1058 Coast Road by Wills Building. Both directions closed.
A1 northbound at Swarland closed
A68 Kiln Pit Hill
A1 Tritlington – North bound
Central Motorway towards Tyne Bridge
Claremont Road
Callerton Park Lane

A number of minor roads across the force area are affected – the situation is constantly changing.

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