Live News: November 27, 2012 (Flood Updates)

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The Environment Agency say there are still 38 flood warnings in place for the North-East region, and 28 flood alerts.

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The latest weather forecast from the Met Office for Wednesday says there will be sunny intervals and scattered showers.

The showers will be most frequent near the coasts where some could be heavy. Feeling cold in the wind, especially near the coasts. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

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You can read the national flooding story here, including details of the death of a elderly woman, whose body was found in her flooded home in Wales.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade say they pulled a car out of flood water on the trunk road at Dormanstown, near Redcar, earlier this evening.

The car, which had five occupants, got stuck at 5.50pm.

A fire crew from Redcar station came to their aid, and had the car back on dry land by 6.24pm.

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Durham County Council leader Simon Henig has praised the “admirable” response of workers to the flooding.

He saluted the staff of various agencies and also commended residents and councillors for their outstanding desire to help and respond to a difficult set of challenges.

He said: “It is at times like this that we learn most about ourselves and the response of County Durham has been both admirable and extremely effective.

"“We cannot stop the rain from falling but we can unite to show how strong the community spirit and partnership is in our county and I have seen much of that spirit in the past 48 hours."

The council has had more than 4,000 calls for information from the public, 400 requests for sandbags and more than 5,125 sandbags deliveries.

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County Bridge in Malton, North Yorkshire, is closed, causing major traffic disruption in the town. Water has reached the arches and there are safety fears.

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An update from Network Rail on today's disruption:

Aycliffe - between Darlington and Durham on the East Coast Main Line. An embankment slip and significant damage to over 2km of overhead lines is affecting services. Engineers on are site around the clock and repairs to the embankment, track, and overhead equipment are underway.
A reduced service is running on the adjacent line with three trains per hour in each direction.

Eryholme – East Coast Main Line between Darlington and Northallerton. Services were suspended because flood waters were too high. Services between Darlington and York are resuming

Hartlepool - Durham coast line - an embankment slip has caused a signal to fall down the embankment. Engineers are on site starting the rebuilding of the embankment and the restoration of the signal.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Dawdon - Durham coast line between Hartlepool and Seaham – flooding caused damage to the track bed. Repairs are being carried out in order to restore reduced services between Hartlepool and Seaham on Wednesday.

Ruswarp - Whitby line. Flood water has been pumped away and the line is open.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Flooding at Ruswarp

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We apologise to passengers who have been inconvenienced by the extreme weather conditions which have brought disruption to the network.

"We have teams of engineers investigating the problems and are working to restore services as soon as possible. Passengers are advised to check National Rail Enquiries before travelling.”

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Cleveland Police update – 3:45pm

REDCAR & CLEVELAND

Kirkleatham Village – Road is open.
Middlesbrough Road in South Bank remains closed.
Limerick Road, Dormanstown remains closed.
A1085 Trunk Road at Steel House remains closed.
Dam Street at Loftus Remains Closed.
South Avenue in Dormanstown remains closed between Fleet and Eskdale Road.
Broadway East Road remains closed.

MIDDLESBROUGH

South Bank Road remains closed.
Penrith Road remains closed.
Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe remains closed.

STOCKTON

New Road at Haverton Hill remains closed.
Port Clarence Road remains closed, flooding under the bridge.

HARTLEPOOL

Merlin Way remains closed.
Dalton Back Lane remains closed.

Arterial Roads

A19 – the A139 Norton northbound and southbound slip roads remain closed and diversions are in place. A1130 northbound slip road remains closed.

A66 – eastbound at Long Newton is open but down to one lane, which is passable with care.

A689 at Wynyard Village is passable with care.

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The latest road closures in Darlington: 

  • Staindrop Road - Closed between Edgecombe Drive to Walworth Castle turn off
  • Walworth Road - Closed between junction for castle and Staindrop Rd
  • Walworth Road - Closed between A68 and Heighington village
  • Haughton Road - Closed from McMullen Road to Blackett Road
  • Redmarshall Rd - Closed from the Whinney Hill to Bishopton Road to borough boundary
  • John Street - Closed at bridge over Skerne near junction off Northgate
  • Newton Lane  - Closed  from Walworth Road to Back Lane

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Network Rail report a number of problems across the North East and Yorkshire affecting rail services.

* Aycliffe - between Darlington and Durham on the East Coast Main Line - an embankment slip caused the overhead masts to dislodge. Engineers were on site as soon as possible and are beginning repairs to the embankment, track, and overhead equipment. While repairs are ongoing there is a reduced service running on the adjacent line with three trains per hour in each direction.

* Hartlepool - Durham coast line – an embankment slip has caused a signal to fall down the embankment. Engineers are on site starting the rebuilding of the embankment and the restoration of the signal.

* Dawdon - Durham coast line between Hartlepool and Seaham – flooding caused damage to the track bed. Repairs are being carried out in order to restore reduced services between Hartlepool and Sunderland.

* Eryholme – East Coast Main Line between Darlington and Northallerton – services were suspended yesterday because flood waters were too high. We are currently running reduced services while water subsides. When it is safe normal services will resume.
 

 

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Network Rail report a number of problems across the North East and Yorkshire affecting rail services.

* Aycliffe - between Darlington and Durham on the East Coast Main Line - an embankment slip caused the overhead masts to dislodge. Engineers were on site as soon as possible and are beginning repairs to the embankment, track, and overhead equipment. While repairs are ongoing there is a reduced service running on the adjacent line with three trains per hour in each direction.

* Hartlepool - Durham coast line – an embankment slip has caused a signal to fall down the embankment. Engineers are on site starting the rebuilding of the embankment and the restoration of the signal.

* Dawdon - Durham coast line between Hartlepool and Seaham – flooding caused damage to the track bed. Repairs are being carried out in order to restore reduced services between Hartlepool and Sunderland.

* Eryholme – East Coast Main Line between Darlington and Northallerton – services were suspended yesterday because flood waters were too high. We are currently running reduced services while water subsides. When it is safe normal services will resume.
 

 

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ONE of the region’s biggest Christmas light switch-on events has been cancelled due to the rain, The family fun was due to take place on Parliament Road, Middlesbrough from 5pm to 7pm but has been called off due to traffic problems caused by the heavy rain and flooding. The lights will still be switched on. Tonight’s important Middlesbrough FC match at the Riverside Stadium against Huddersfield will still be played as planned at 7.45pm.

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The latest road closures at 3pm Sunderland A182 Washington highway offlslip for Mount Pleasant A1290 closed between A19 and junction with Cherry Blossom Way (local diversions in place) South Tyneside Cleadon Lane at Whitburn beyween Charley Hurley Centre and Sandy Chare, passable but draining slowly Moor Lane, eastbound to Whitburn, closed next to the SAFC Academy Victoria Terrace, East Boldon Gateshead Kibblesworth Lane North Tyneside Crowbank in Wallsend Backworth Lane - B1322 towards Seghill Newcastle Road between Callerton and Black Callerton Walbottle Road and Hospital Road Coach Lane between Hazelrigg and Brunton Lane Northumberland B1505 High Pitt Road at Cramlington between Mayfield estate and Oxford Avenue A1172 West Bound between Fisher Lane and Beacon Lane. Road is open east bound

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The Highways Agency is continuing to urge road users in the North East and North Yorkshire to consider whether their journey is necessary before attempting to travel this afternoon. Work is continuing to clear a number of localised flooding incidents on the A19 (Thirsk to Seaton Burn), the A66 at Ravensworth and the A1 at Catterick. Pumps have also been deployed this afternoon to areas previously affected by flooding run-off from adjacent fields, including the A1 at Hackforth, as a preventative measure. Various lane and slip road closures remain in place on all these routes while this work is ongoing, and long delays are possible. Further overnight closures will be required on the A66 at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, for repair work to the carriageway following damage caused by flooding. The A66 at Long Newton - between Darlington and Stockton - which had been closed due to flooding, was fully reopened to traffic this afternoon. North Yorkshire Police is also advising of delays on the local road network, particularly around Pickering, Norton and Malton.

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Torrential rain has undermined properties in Whitby which are at risk of subsiding, Scarborough Borough Council has warned.
 

A female resident of one of the properties was evacuated this morning after gardens started to give way at seven properties on Aelfleda Terrace.   Many of the other properties are holiday lets and were unoccupied.

Emergency services are currently on site and engineers from Scarborough Borough Council along with officers from North Yorkshire Building Control are assessing the stability of the properties and surrounding land.  A specialist engineer has been brought in to help the council work out how much movement is occurring.

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Current level of the River Ouse in York is 4.4m above normal. It is currently forecast to reach a peak of between 4.6m and 4.8m in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

All defences owned by City of York, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water are in place for these levels. In particular Yorkshire Water confirmed that, apart from a small leakage at one location, which is being dealt with, the Leeman Road sewer system is working correctly.

 

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RIVER SKERNE, DARLINGTON

THE water level of the River Skerne in Darlington is at its highest and should start to fall, an expert has said.

Ian Hodge, area manager for the Environment Agency, who is in Darlington this afternoon, said officials were watching water levels carefully and monitoring potential showers this afternoon.

However, he said he expected to see the water level of the Skerne begin to drop shortly.

Two flood warnings remain on the river and households in the Victoria Embankment and John Street areas of the town have been anxiously watching the river in case it burst its banks. 

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EAST COAST TRAINS

Shortly after midday, East Coast was able to run a limited service between York and Newcastle and two trains an hour were operating between London and Edinburgh, via York, Darlington and Newcastle.

The company warned passengers to expect extended journey times this afternoon due to speed restrictions in place at locations between York and Durham.

By noon today, the AA had attended more than 5,000 breakdowns, including 118 incidents of cars being driven through, or stuck in, flood water.

Worse-affected areas were north east England and Essex. The AA said that drivers in Wales, where flooding has been severe, appeared to have heeded warnings about travel, as there had been few call-outs for patrol teams.

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Cleveland Police update issued at 12.30pm

The A689 in Wynyard is now open in both directions – west heading towards Sedgefield and east to the A19 and Hartlepool.

Wynyard village is passable with care, but there is still a lot of water on the roads, so again drivers are asked to drive carefully.

In Port Clarence, the road beneath the railway bridge is currently impassable, and there are diversions in place.

Thorpe Thewles is passable with care.

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An emergency store of sandbags has been set up in Easingwold.

Hambleton District Council has set up a bank in the Galtres Centre car park. Local residents can collect up to ten bags to help protect their property.

It is the latest in a series of storage areas for sandbags – they can also be collected from Thirsk Leisure Centre, Bedale Leisure Centre, Stokesley Leisure Centre and the Council Depot in Northallerton.

And an extra 40 tonnes of sand is being delivered today to help replenish stocks.

Parish councils are also being encouraged to set up a store of bags in their communities – they can be collected from the council’s main depot in Northallerton.

For more information contact the district council on 0845-1211-555.

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Road closures in Darlington borough at 11.30am:

  • Staindrop Road - Closed between Edgecombe Drive to Walworth Castle turn off
  • Walworth Road - Closed between junction for castle and Staindrop Rd
  • Walworth Road - Closed between A68 and Heighington village
  • Bishopton Lane - passable with care from Hillhouse Lane to Great Burdon
  • Haughton Road - Closed from McMullen rd to Blackett Road
  • Redmarshall Rd - Closed from the Whinney Hill to Bishopton road to Borough boundary
  • John Street - Closed at bridge over Skerne near junction off Northgate

11:34am

RIVER WEAR BURSTS BANKS

Wear has burst its banks in Durham city centre, but doesn’t seem to have hit riverside businesses too badly. A167 closed at Honest Lawyer and southbound carriageway closed at Red Lion, Plawsworth. A690 closed in several places. Several minor roads around Brancepeth impassable.

11:28am

ROAD CLOSED: Darlington Borough Council has closed John Street, off North Road, as a precaution while the River Skerne reaches its peak.

It is expected to be closed for two to three hours.

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The A179 in Hartlepool is now open again, and one lane of the A66 eastbound, Longnewton, has also been reopened.

However, there is still lots of deep water on the roads and officers are on scene to remind drivers to take it easy and drive slowly.

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EAST COAST TRAINS

An East Coast train company spokesman said: "We are advising passengers not to travel today between York and Newcastle due to problems with the track and infrastructure caused by flooding.

"The East Coast route is currently blocked in the Aycliffe area, north of Darlington, due to damage to the infrastructure. In addition there is continued flooding at Eryholme, south of Darlington.

"Services between York and Newcastle are expected to be disrupted throughout the rest of today and our advice to passengers whose journey involves travel between these destinations is not to travel today unless your journey is essential."

He went on: "We would like to apologise to passengers for the disruption caused to services today.

"We are working hard with infrastructure provider Network Rail to ensure passengers travelling today are able to complete their journeys. We thank customers for their patience during todays exceptional weather conditions."

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Dragons Den TV star Duncan Bannatyne was struggling to get to London from the North-East, where he lives.
He tweeted: "Trying to get train from Darlington to Kings Cross. This might take a while."

Matt Westcott, assistant news editor

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According to the Environment Agency flood levels gauges on the River Skerne in Darlington and the River Derwent in Malton are at record levels...

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Live at Nunthorpe, came in to work in Darlington via Yarm. Dropped kids at school, baby at nursery and went to the post office and was still in only 5 mins late. Apart from the lights in Yarm town centre, very little delay. Friend left home at 8am and was still on A66 when I arrived.

Matt Westcott, assistant news editor

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Scores of roads in North Yorkshire have been closed as floodwaters rise.
The Hambleton and Boroughbridge areas are the worst affected with some villages being cut off, mainly due to water pouring off saturated fields. 
North Yorkshire County Council's highways officers say many other roads are "passable with care", but motorists are finding some roads next to rivers are becoming impossible to pass in smaller vehicles.
In the Richmond, Hawes and Leyburn area the following roads have been closed:
A6108 Skeeby to Scotch Corner.
Waitlands Lane, Ravensworth (due to a collapsed culvert).
B6274 Gilling West.
C107 Brokes, at junction with A6108.
Sandbeck East, from C129 Holly Hill to A6136 Richmond Road, Catterick.
Constable Burton (burst culvert causing serious flooding in the village).
Station Road in Newton-le-Willows,
Low Lane in Wensley, between Wensley and A6108 junction on Middleham Road.

In the Thirsk, Northallerton and Easingwold area the following roads have been closed:
Station Road Stokesle, at Traffic Lights to Kirby Bridge.
Appleton Wiske to Deighton Road, at its junction with the Appleton Wiske to Welbury Road.
Welbury Road.
Northallerton Road, Brompton, from Stone Cross roundabout to Brompton (not the A684).
Mounstrall Lane, between Yafforth and Danby Wiske,
Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, between the hospital and the old swimming bath/park.
Oak Grove, Northallerton.
Kirby Wiske village.
Romanby to Yafforth Road, under railway bridge near Willow Bank Garage.
C150 Road, between Brompton and Deighton, at The Oaks south of Deighton.
Long Lane Brompton, at Helikeld Farm Junction with A684.
Bog Hole Ford, Osmotherley.
Overton railway bridge, Overton.
Ellerbridge, south of Tollerton.
Alne Road, Flawith, near Helperby, at the junction with Greengates Lane.
Thornton Bridge, north of Helperby.
Gallow Green, Dalton, near industrial estate.
Dowber Gates, between Helperby and Flawith.
Between Easby and Battersby, at the railway bridge.
Between Easby and Kildale, at the railway bridge.
Road from East Cowton to Great Smeaton, at Millers Lane junction
Easby Lane, Great Ayton.

In the Boroughbridge and Ripon area the following roads have been closed:
C263 Boroughbridge Road Bishop Monkton, one mile east of village at Holbeck Bridge.
C233 Dishforth Road, Sharow, from A61 Ripon bypass to Sharow.
C278 Cattal, Ox Moor Lane and Cattal Moor Lane, at Cattal Bridge.
C263 Bar Lane, Roecliffe, between Becklands Close and Clay Pit Lane.
C273 Deighton Road, Spofforth, between Spofforth and North Deighton.
C273 Angram Road, Long Marston.
C31 in Grewelthorpe, at Hackfall Culvert.

North Yorkshire reporter, Stuart Minting

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Durham Police still advising motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Water levels in the River Skerne and the River Wear are causing concern and there is lots of standing water on roads around the region.

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Jenny Frisk Road, Lingdale, Update (8.45am)

Jenny Frisk Road re-opened, earlier flooding between A171 and Mutton Scalp Road.

Read the latest update here

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Broadway East Dormanstown Update (8.45am)

Broadway East closed due to flooding between Maxwell Place and A1042 Kirkleatham Lane.

Read the latest update here

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DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATES

The latest information from Durham County Council on road closures, school closures and disruption of services - click here

8:48am

Old Middlesbrough Road Cargo Fleet Update (8.19am)

Old Middlesbrough Road closed due to flooding between South Bank Road / Middlesbrough Road and Salisbury Terrace.

Read the latest update here

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FLOOD PICTURES: We'll be updating our flood gallery throughout the day - click here

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DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL UPDATES

Get the latest on school closures and disruption to services - click here

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Slow moving traffic on A688 Thinford Lane Spennymoor, A690 Milburngate Bridge Durham, A181 Front Street Durham, New Elvet Durham but roads open.

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A6072 Shildon Update (7.50am)

A6072 closed between Brusselton Lane / West Auckland Road and Dilks Street. Affecting traffic between Shildon and Tindale Crescent.

Read the latest update here

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A1 UPDATE (7.33am)

One lane closed and queueing traffic due to flooding on A1 Northbound from A6136 Leeming Lane (Catterick South) to A6136 Gatherley Road (Catterick North), congestion to A1(M) J51 Leeming Bar. Lane one (Of two) is closed.

Get the latest update here

8:07am

TRAIN DELAYS

Delays of up to 25 minutes on CrossCountry between Durham and York due to flooding at Darlington. Tickets being accepted on East Coast, East Midlands Trains, Northern Rail, First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail services. Also affecting East Coast and First TransPennine Express. There is no current estimate for when a normal service will resume.

Read the latest update here

 

8:03am

Dalton Back Lane Hartlepool Update (7.34am)

Dalton Back Lane closed due to flooding at A689 Stockton Road.

Read the latest update here

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A19 UPDATE

Number of reports about lanes closed on A19

Click here for more info

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A6108 Scurragh Lane Scotch Corner Update (6.45am)

A6108 Scurragh Lane closed due to flooding between A66 / A1 (Scotch Corner) and Springfield (Skeeby).

Read the latest update here

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A66 Sadberge Update (6.45am)

A66 Eastbound closed due to flooding from A1150 (Great Burdon Roundabout) to A135 Yarm Road. Diversion: Via the A67

Read the latest update here

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A692 Consett Update (7.46am)

A692 closed due to flooding at Genesis Way. Between Consett and Castleside. Callers are reporting it is best to divert via Duckpool Lane towards the Metrocentre.

Get the latest update here

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A183 Chester-Le-Street Update (7.32am)

A183 closed due to flooding between A1(M) J63 (Chester-Le-Street) and A182 (Shiney Row).

Read the latest update here

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A1044 Low Lane Stainton Update (7.03am)

A1044 Low Lane closed due to flooding at Strait Lane.

Read the latest update here

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A1046 Haverton Hill Road Billingham Update (7.20am)

A1046 Haverton Hill Road closed due to flooding at A1032 Tees Bridge Approach Road. At Oxygen Corner.

Read the latest update here

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A689 Hartlepool Road Wynyard Village Update (7.15am)

A689 Hartlepool Road Eastbound closed due to flooding between The Wynd (Western Turning) and The Wynd (Eastern Turning).

Read the latest update here

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A174 Saltburn-By-The-Sea Update (7.06am)

A174 re-opened, earlier flooding between Saltburn Lane and A1085 (Quarry Lane Roundabout).

Read the latest update here

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A167 Croxdale Update (7.08am)

A167 closed due to flooding between B6288 Front Street (Croxdale) and B6300 Browney Lane (Sunderland Bridge).

Read the latest update here

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A177 Stockton Road Sedgefield Update (7.12am)

A177 Stockton Road closed due to flooding between A689 (Sedgefield) and B1274 Junction Road (Stockton-On-Tees).

Read the latest update here

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A1 UPDATE (6.40am)

One lane closed due to flooding on A1 Northbound from A6136 Leeming Lane (Catterick South) to A6136 Gatherley Road (Catterick North). Lane one (Of two) is closed.

Read the latest report here

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You can get the latest updates on traffic and travel using these links:

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We'll be keeping you up-to-date throughout the day with the latest on how the flood is affecting the region.

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4:52pm Tue 27 Nov 12

me2earth says...

Dont panic people! it will be sunny by Saturday,it never rains on a Saturday especially in the cost del darlo.funny that!?
Dont panic people! it will be sunny by Saturday,it never rains on a Saturday especially in the cost del darlo.funny that!? me2earth

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