Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rain Pours and Tesrs Flow as Storms Hit; Householders Tell of Heartache as Repair Work Is Undone by Yet More Terrible Weather

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rain Pours and Tesrs Flow as Storms Hit; Householders Tell of Heartache as Repair Work Is Undone by Yet More Terrible Weather

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Byline: SARAH SCOTT

WEEKS of tireless work to repair homes after the Great Tyneside Storm were cruelly undone as torrential rains lashed the region once again.

Devastated families today surveyed the damage left by Sunday and yesterday's thunderstorms which caused havoc across the North East.

Homes across Tyneside were once again hit by flooding.

Holding back tears, many people spoke of their heartache.

Rennta Balogova, of Eastwood Gardens in Gateshead's Felling area, was rescued from her home along with her three children, husband and parents by the fire service.

"We are constantly worrying when it rains again. This is the second time we have been hit," said the 30-year-old.

"We had just had the floors sanitised in the last week and work was meant to start on the kitchen, but that's not going to happen now."

Residents along nearby Green Lane Gardens also vented their anger as flooding at the front and back of their houses caused panic once again. Grandmother-of-one Joanne Smith had just moved back into her home with daughter Michaela, 20, and son Dean, 16, after flooding in June caused extensive damage.

Joanne, who had been living with her eldest daughter Natasha and grandson Charlie, told of her disgust that more had not been done to ease flooding problems in the area in front of her home.

"We have not heard from anyone from Gateshead Council. It has just been a nightmare here," she said.

"I don't want my grandson coming into this house because you don't know what he could pick up. I have lived here almost 16 years and I loved it here, but I have almost had enough."

Neighbour Lynn Johnson echoed Joanne's sentiments.

The 36-year-old said: "We are living in fear every time it rains. We do not know what we are going to come back to.

"I am really sick of it and wish the council would move us out."

Residents also complained that they are now plagued by rats and other vermin because of the waters. …

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