Flash floods hit drivers

Slip road coming into Morpeth through to Clifton, about 5:40pm
Slip road coming into Morpeth through to Clifton, about 5:40pm

MOTORISTS in Morpeth last Thursday afternoon were faced with treacherous conditions when an extreme thunderstorm hit the town.

The major downpours just after 4pm caused surface-water flooding in a number of locations, including Goosehill, High Stanners, Mitford Road, Clifton and Damside – although most of these places had cleared by the end of the day.

However, it has given the Morpeth Flood Action Group (MFAG) an opportunity to show key organisations the main problem areas during next week’s flood alleviation scheme consultations and it is seeking input from residents.

Chairman Alan Bell said: “Given the extremely high level of rainfall and its intensity, it was inevitable that there was going to be some flooding. It didn’t take long before the water was bubbling out of manholes and the flood wardens were on the lookout across the town.

“But this did highlight the areas where work is most needed to address the surface-water flooding issue and it will help us in our discussions with Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water.

“We would be grateful if Morpeth residents could send us photographs and information if their street or place of work was affected last Thursday via our website – www.morpethfloodaction.org.uk”

Copper Chare was another area where the road was covered in water and 11-year-old Oliver Singh took a photograph of the street during the showers.

His mum Fiona said: “I was quite surprised at how quickly the water levels rose, especially considering the supposed improvements done to a culvert under the street two years ago by Northumbrian Water involving several weeks of noisy disruption.

“It makes you wonder how effective those works have been, and what might happen if we had more sustained heavy rainfall.”