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Pulling Together To Tackle Flood Problems
A fast-moving recovery operation is underway across South Tyneside, as the Council, emergency services and other local organisations come together in a major clean-up effort.
A floods hotline, a drop-in Help Centre and a rest facility for people forced out of their homes are among the measures now in place as staff put recovery plans into action following Thursday's flash floods.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "Following the fantastic spirit showed by staff and communities as we dealt with the downpour last night, we have now moved into the recovery phase.
"We have brought together all the relevant services through the Recovery Co-ordination Group and everyone is pulling together to return the borough to normality as quickly as possible. That means a concerted effort to give households and businesses the support and information they need, as well as continuing to clean up roads and neighbourhoods."
Temple Park Leisure Centre is set up to operate as a designated Rest Centre, offering food and shelter for anyone whose home has been affected and needs somewhere to stay. To find out more, or if you need transport to get there, residents should call the Council's helpline on 0191 427 7000.
A Help Centre in South Shields Town Hall will open for a second day on Saturday between 9am and 5pm, offering practical advice and information about flood-related issues including health, insurance, legal, benefits or waste disposal issues. The centre will stay open for longer if there is sufficient demand.
Regular updates and practical information for affected households and businesses are available at www.southtyneside.info, by calling the Council's contact centre on 0191 427 7000, or through local community wardens.
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