Dead rats and dirty nappies cover street after flash floods overwhelm drains

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A street on North Tyneside was littered with dead rats and dirty nappies after freak flash floods overwhelmed drains.

Locals in Wallsend, east of Newcastle, were left horrified with the sight and feared for local children's health if they came into contact with the rubbish.

According to ChronicleLive freak floods, hail and thunderstorms caused havoc in the area on Monday causing the storm drains to over fill and eventually spill over.

One mum was confronted by the awful scene after taking her children to school described the images of nappies and dead rats as "manky".

Northumbrian Water blamed heavy rain and overfilled sewers for the disruptions to members of the public.

"It looks like there's a decontaminated nappy there, with debris, and three dead rats that are getting squished and squished every time a car passes," said Kelly Kerr, who discovered the "huge" rodents at the junction of West Farm Road and McNamara Road.

And Kelly, who owns local business Kelly's Cakes, added: "You just can't put it into words how disgusting it it.

"If one of the kids touches (the rats), you no idea what they will have.

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A spokesperson for Northumbrian Water said: “The majority of our sewer network is combined and takes both foul water and surface water, such as rain, away from streets and roads.

"Bouts of heavy rain, particularly when they come on suddenly, can at times cause some of the combined sewers to overfill, as has been the case today

“We are very sorry that this has happened, and we apologise to anyone who has been affected. We would also like to thank the public for highlighting the issue.

“We are sending crews to inspect and investigate the spillages and carry out any necessary clean-ups as soon as we can

“As you would understand, we have received a significant number of calls over the past few hours during the sudden downpours, and our phone lines are incredibly busy.

Customers can get in touch with us on social media at @nwater_care on Twitter or Northumbrian Water on Facebook.

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