- Posted December 16, 2013 by
Newcastle upon Tyne
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tidal Surge Hits The Tyne
- 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