Council staff have worked tirelessly through the night to keep County Durham moving during the prolonged rains.
The heavy and continued downpours during the night brought with them challenging conditions and led to flooding incidents in several parts of the county.
Both Durham County Council frontline staff and customer services have worked, and continue to work, to ensure that residents and businesses are supported.
The clean and green team has been out all week delivering sandbags in the Willington and Blackhall areas. Crews were also called out to help clear debris and fallen trees at Staindrop and Ferryhill.
Several roads were affected including Wades Lane Road, Littletown, near Haswell, which had to be closed this morning (Thursday) and will remain closed to drivers overnight, giving the water time to drain away.
A lane closure remains in place on the A167 near Chester le Street railway bridge whilst water levels in the adjacent river subside.
Mark Readman, highways service manager at Durham County Council, said: “We are continuing to receive a high number of calls for assistance, so staff have been diverted from their day to day duties to provide aid.
“We would like to remind drivers to take extra care and time for their journeys, even though the weather is clearing up slightly the conditions are potentially hazardous. There is still a lot of surface water standing on the roads, meaning heavy spray from vehicles will reduce visibility.”
The council is continuing to monitor the conditions and is carrying out a range of measures as part of its continued response to any flood damage.
To report an issue either contact the council by telephone 03000 260 000 or do it online at https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/MyServices
• The above image shows Wades Lane, Littletown, near Haswell, on Thursday morning.