Zetland FM Local News - 6th Jan 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 6th January 2016.
Heavy rain and flash flooding has once again brought misery to homeowners and motorists in parts of East Cleveland.
As we reported on Zetland FM yesterday, heavy downpours overnight on Monday caused roads to flood, and a number of houses to flood.
The rain continued overnight, with a Met Office weather warning in place. Once again a number of roads in our area have been affected. These include the Trunk Road at Steel House, Longbeck roundabout on the A174, Loftus Bank, roads near Skinngrove Beck and parts of North Skelton.
Rail services were also affected between Saltburn and Redcar Central. The line has now reopened.
Police and emergency services are advising drivers to use extra caution when making journeys during the current period of wet weather, and have warned that given the already saturated ground that there is a risk of flooding.
Redcar and Cleveland Council’s emergency planning team have been monitoring the situation.
You can get the very latest on the wet weather conditions by listening to Zetland FM, and by following our updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging local residents to speak up if they need help to stay safe and warm in their homes this winter.
The important message, which could make all the difference between life and death, forms part of the Stay Safe and Warm Campaign – a multi-agency initiative which sees organisations all working together to identify people at risk and give them advice and support.
This can range from organising safe, temporary heating to helping people get specialist guidance on managing their fuel bills. Where appropriate, onward referrals for possible free boiler repairs or replacements can be arranged.
The campaign comes as fire brigades across the country together with NHS England, Public Health England, Age UK and the Local Government Association have pledged to tackle health and social problems together to try and reduce the number of winter hospital admissions and winter deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Redcar will be playing host to bands from Europe and beyond as part of this year's Redcar Ska Festival.
The first night of the two day charity event will also feature a headline DJ performance from Specials frontman Terry Hall.
The event, which takes place at the Coatham Memorial Hall on April 22 and 23, will be raising money for The Specialized Project, which is a music-based charity inspired by The Specials. The organisation has raised over £80,000 since 2010 for charities including Youth Music UK and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Other performers at the event include Vin Gordon and The Real Rock Band from Paris, King Hammond and The Rude Boy Mafia, The Toasters from New York and Beat Goes Bang, featuring Everett Morton from The Beat.
Tickets are £12 for the Friday night, £20 for the Saturday night, with weekend tickets costing £25 from www.wegottickets.com