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    Posted December 16, 2013 by
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    Tidal Surge Hits The Tyne


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jonlovatt told me, ' I live in North Shields, a little fishing town, and the river came up and swamped the streets. The tides receded by the next day, but we haven't seen anything like this before for 30 years. The pictures are from two local sources, David Butterfield and Christian Cericola, both of whom gave me permission to use their images for the iReport. Dramatic stuff, brilliantly captured! The fishing boats look like they're floating down the street because the tide is so high! In reality they were safely tied up, but dramatic nonetheless. Nobody was injured in the flooding but businesses were closed and some homes damaged.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Friday 5th December saw the normally bustling riverside of the Tyne come to a standstill, as a tidal surge resulted in river levels reaching heights not attained in over three decades. Tides reached their peak around 4pm on Friday afternoon, as the River Tyne, stretching from Tynemouth up to Newcastle, burst its banks.
    This collection of images shows the effects of flooding at North Shields, as the water spilled out of the river and onto the Fish Quay. The normally busy restaurants and businesses of the Fish Quay were forced to close and sand bags were used to stop buildings from being flooded.
    At Newcastle, the river burst its banks along the Quayside. The riverside road was forced to close, along with the Law Courts and numerous businesses which operate from the Quayside area. The images show the Tyne flooding the roads and creating a dangerous situation for traffic and pedestrians.
    The tides receded and businesses were re-open by Saturday. The flooding was acknowledged by the Environment Agency as being the result of a storm, and the tidal surge was the largest seen on the East Coast in 30 years. High tides were recorded elsewhere along the river, and on the coast at Cullercoats, Whitley Bay and South Shields.

    Image Credits: Jackie Davies, David Butterfield, Christian Cerisola

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