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Durham City and Shincliffe hit by flash flooding
« on: Jul 19, 2007, 08:56 »
More misery as North hit by another deluge

A MID-AFTERNOON downpour brought yet more flooding chaos yesterday.

A thunderstorm and torrential rain hit Durham City shortly after 3pm, causing widespread disruption. The A177 was closed in both directions between Shincliffe and Bowburn, causing congestion throughout the day on main routes throughout the city.

Water got into a handful of properties in the area and came within inches of flooding the Seven Stars pub, at Shincliffe.

Floodwater poured into Bowburn Community Centre, leaving the main hall and its specially- sprung dance floor under several inches of water and sewage, while the boiler room was 3ft deep in water.

Ann Gething, who was last night helping with the mopping up at the centre, said: "There was a cloud burst and it was like a flash flood. It was pouring down the paths like a river."

The road from Shadforth to Ludworth was also under a foot of water, making it passable only with care.

Fire crews were called to pump out water from Durham University's Library, in Stockton Road, after rainwater flooded buildings.

A spokesman for County Durham and Darlington Fire Service said: "We have been extremely busy across County Durham, but particularly in Durham City and Shincliffe."

The Gates shopping centre in the city centre was also hit, with the Level One car park under six inches of water.

Centre staff had to drive customers' cars to dry land, where they could be safely picked up.

Operations manager Gary Appleyard said: "The road became a stream and then the water burst up and flooded the lower level of the car park."

Meanwhile, businesses and scores of homeowners were left counting the cost after flash floods hit Peterlee on Tuesday afternoon.

Vehicles parked next to the lower level Asda car park were surrounded by up to 4ft of water, as the drains failed to cope.

One market trader, whose ?2,000 Ford Transit van was ruined after water leaked inside, said: "It was like a disaster film and we could see the water level rising before our eyes.

The worst-affected residential streets were Cotsford Park Estate, Macbeth Walk, Third Street and Blackhills Terrace, all in Horden, Hatfield Place and Chiltern Garth, in Peterlee, and Eighth Street, in Blackhall.

Pensioner Jane Stradling, 80, of John Wilson Court, in Horden, said: "It was coming through my letterbox and has ruined my carpets."

Thirty elderly people were evacuated from flats in Filey, North Yorkshire, yesterday after the roof collapsed following a cloudburst.

The downpour, which began at 1.45pm, flooded the town centre, particularly hitting Rutland Street, where residents of ten houses were evacuated, and Murray Street.

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