Road camber issue ‘affects our drains’

The water levels in Staithes Lane on Friday morning. Picture by David Clark.
The water levels in Staithes Lane on Friday morning. Picture by David Clark.

Urgent works had to be carried out to prevent flooding in a Morpeth street.

The water reached about 12 inches in height at Staithes Lane on Friday morning and a gullies team from Northumberland County Council was sent to the area.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “There was an accumulation of water in Staithes Lane due to very heavy rainfall on Friday morning. A combination of a partially collapsed gully (an issue presently being addressed) and the sheer volume of water exacerbated the issue.

“The water was quickly cleared by the gullies team, with no damage to property.”

Resident Marcus Hopper said the water reached halfway up his car wheels. He said the council responded quickly to calls and the sandbags were provided to stop the water flowing into properties before the gullies team did its work.

He added: “The camber of the road along Staithes Lane needs to be addressed. It’s too high in the middle and this means that the drains by our homes receive more water than those by the underground car park.

“It was either badly designed or badly installed.”

Morpeth town councillor David Clark went along to see if he could help with the deployment of sandbags.

He said: “Since the building of the new Morrisons, the drains seem to be constantly backing up and not able to cope. I think this just underlines why covering the town with Tarmac and cement is a huge mistake.”