Flood-hit flats to be demolished

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Flood Control, Sandbags. Sandbags stacked in a doorway to prevent flooding.

A second block of flats in a development severely damaged by flooding is due to be demolished.

Spencer Court, in Newburn, Newcastle, was left devastated when an underground culvert collapsed after heavy rainfall and flash floods.

Families had to be moved from their homes after the first building's foundations were washed away in September 2012.

Now another set of apartments will be torn down at the site after the risk of trying to restore it was deemed too high.

A spokesman for Dunelm Homes said: "It is extremely sad that another block of apartments at Spencer Court has become a victim of the catastrophic events following the culvert collapse.

"The impact on all of the residents at Spencer Court has been shocking and protracted and our sincere sympathies are with them as we continue to work hard alongside them to achieve as satisfactory solution as is possible in this dreadful matter."

An estimated 40 million litres of water was pumped out of the estate after the incident.
Dunelm Homes said that since the flooding it has spent more than £1.5 million dealing with the problems that have arisen.

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