THE clean-up was continuing in County Durham last night in the aftermath of Tuesday’s flood.
The A1(M) southbound re-opened but Durham Police asked drivers to keep to a 50mph limit while the northbound section remained closed. And Work was ongoing to re-open the A66 road.
Chief Inspector Vicki Martin thanked drivers for their input and help. She said: “We particularly want to thank everyone for their input onto our Facebook and Twitter feeds, helping us to share information about road conditions.
“We also want to thank drivers who were patient while travelling and listened to our advice, and people in general for not overwhelming us with calls as we worked to keep County Durham and Darlington safe.”
Meanwhile in Durham City, workers at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Frankland Lane, were working to clear the street after the River Wear broke its banks.
General manager Neal Holloway said it took staff three hours to clear away the debris yesterday morning after the deluge the day before.
“It came down amazingly fast,” he said.
“By the time I came into work we were using the emergency exit at the back of the building. It never actually got into the hotel, it had about 1ft to go.
“Luckily all our bedrooms are on the first floor. We had the sandbags at the ready.”