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Motorists warned of potential travel disruption

Published March 06, 2018 4.47pm

Motorists are being advised of potential disruption to their journeys amid localised surface water flooding in County Durham.

Following last week's severe weather, rising temperatures have caused the snow which fell to melt. This allied with rain overnight has led to some flooding in parts of the county this morning.

The flooding has led to some road closures this morning including Deerness Bridge.

We have put diversions in place while the bridge is closed while alternative arrangements have also been made for local bus services and school services. Details are available at our Deerness Bridge web page.

Other road closures this morning are:

  • Broadgate Ford, Ushaw Moor.
  • The C127 at Tanfield, between the junctions of the C128 (Ken Thomas' yard) and Tanfield Lea Business Centre.

Surface water

John Reed, our head of technical services, said: "The combination of the melting snow and the overnight rain has led to surface water on many of our roads this morning.

"Our gully cleaning vehicles have been deployed to clear excess water where possible and our highway inspectors have put out flooding signs to warn drivers.

"While the bridge and a couple of other routes are closed at present, other affected roads are passable with care.

"Our advice is always for motorists to drive carefully to the conditions and only drive through standing water slowly where it is safe to do so.

"We will endeavour to get the closed roads open as quickly as possible, once it is safe to do so."

Information on road closures, schools and bin collections can be found online at our alerts web page.

We are not expecting a significant risk of flooding to properties but can provide sandbags where there is an imminent risk of water getting inside a premises. These can be requested by calling our customer services team on 03000 26 0000.           

Further advice on flooding issues is available at our floods web page.

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