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More flash flooding problems in South Shields

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Ocean Road, South Shields

Ocean Road suffers again.

The brief but intense thunderstorm which hit the north east of England this afternoon was not in any way an exceptional summer weather event, the storm lasted less than an hour and the volume of rain was far less than the last storm to hit us in South Tyneside. Yet once again a familiar story unfolded as parts of South Shields were dealt a miserable hand due mainly to inadequate drainage solutions. Ocean Road once more bore the brunt of the weather as shopkeepers and guest house owners reached for the sand bags and plastic sheeting in a hurried attempt to prevent damage to their flooring. A similar picture was emerging at Tyne Dock at its junction with Eldon Street.

After scores of promises of action, millions of pounds worth of investment from Northumbrian Water, a similar level of activity from South Tyneside Council, we still see scenes such as these in South Shields and other parts of the borough. People that I spoke to this afternoon were almost distraught and bitterly frustrated that their businesses could be put at risk by a simple summer rainstorm and the apparent inability of local officialdom and utility players to keep a few drains running clear. The residents know exactly which drains will block, how quickly, and can almost accurately count the minutes before the waters will subside, yet they still have to suffer.

We can count ourselves lucky that South Tyneside Council were only having three free concerts in the Bents Park as part of the Summer Festival this year, otherwise the usual final concert would have been an ordeal to say the least.

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Written by curly

August 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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  1. This really is ocean Road

    carlisle tony

    August 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

  2. Don’t know whether this is Ocean Road but the picture probably tells us why the boat is parked at the bottom of the street.

    Trigger

    August 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  3. Poor old South Shields. If memory serves correct I once, during the course of my labours selling advertising space, stopped for refreshment in a boozer on Ocean Road. I love that whole area of N.E. England. Sincere commisserations from a northern cousin!

    Hospitable Scots Bachelor

    August 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  4. THE PICTURE OF OCEAN RD. AND SHORTRIDGE ST. WAS OF GREAT INTEREST TO ME, BACK IN 1928 THAT WAS THE LOCATION OF MASON THE GHEMIST WERE I WORKED AS ERRAND BOY.

    JAMES R. EDMOND

    December 25, 2012 at 12:15 am


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