#NEweather: “More than 1,500 calls made to Newcastle City Council” to report damage to homes by heavy rain

Heavy seas at Tynemouth, 2007./Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images.
Heavy seas at Tynemouth, 2007./Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images.

Pumps were sent to at-risk areas around Newcastle today, as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning and river levels rose as a result of constant heavy rain.

Newcastle Council teams worked through the night, manning pumps at key points – most especially on the Ouseburn – to stop floodwater reaching people’s homes.

The pumps remain in place and will be manned throughout the night on Thursday, when more rain is forecast.

River levels have dropped but remain high and there is a lot of surface water, which means further heavy rain could have a swift impact.

Staff are now working to clear drains and gulleys and are investigating reports of a buildup of debris at the allotments on the Ouseburn at Jesmond Dene.

Your Homes Newcastle protected some of their properties with sandbags.

The Council have no sandbags available to protect private properties, but provide advice on how to protect your home online.

The first part of Thursday night will be dry, but another band of persistent and at times heavy rain will push across Newcastle from around 3am, lasting until the early afternoon, and could see a renewed severe weather warning.

Friday and the weekend will bring further spells of rain and showers, so we’ll be monitoring the situation carefully with regard to weather warnings.

It could also see a drop from the extremely mild winter temperatures we have experienced so far, with night frosts, the possibility of snow, and daytime temperatures falling into the low single figures.For heavy rain and flooding pages for help and advice see.

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