Zetland FM Local News - 14th January 2017
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 14th January 2017.
Sea defences in our area have been put to the test after a day of high seas and large waves along the East coast.
In what is being described as a 'storm surge' at high tide yesterday afternoon, large waves caused flooding at Saltburn seafront and in Cat Nab car park, Saltburn pier had to be closed to the public, and police closed parts of the Esplanade at Redcar.
Residents of Skinningrove also deployed sandbags and emergency services remained on high alert into the early hours of this morning.
Further along the coast the A174 Sandsend Road at Sandsend was closed in both directions between the Lythe Bank junction and Sandsend Road.
The conditions brought back memories of the flooding in 2013 which swept cars away in Saltburn and left homes a number of homes in Redcar underwater.
Volunteers from the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were deployed to Sandsend following the flood warnings.
In Sandsend the waves did cause some flooding in the afternoon with the seas being described as "very dangerous" with spray reaching third floor windows.
The Team stood down as the danger passed as the high tide receded soon after 6pm.
During the incident the team deployed two teams of 14, one for each high tide.
Devolution in the Tees Valley has moved a step closer.
Following unanimous agreement at a Combined Authority meeting yesterday, the Tees Valley has now completed the necessary steps to take on new powers, funding and responsibilities.
This follows an in-principle agreement by each of the five Councils last month.
Originally agreed as part of the Tees Valley Devolution Deal, the Tees Valley (Functions and Amendment) Order will see wide-ranging powers devolved from Whitehall to Tees Valley.
The powers will enable the area to take responsibility for decisions previously made in Whitehall and Westminster, including decisions on transport, training and investment programmes.
The authority will be chaired by the Tees Valley’s directly-elected mayor, with elections taking place on May 4th.