Del­uge flats torn down

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DE­MO­LI­TION work has be­gun on a block of flats left close to col­lapse by flood­ing.

A stone plat­form has been built to al­low heavy ma­chin­ery to ac­cess the doomed apart­ments.

Fam­i­lies were moved from their homes af­ter the build­ing’s foun­da­tions were washed away when a cul­vert col­lapsed dur­ing flash floods in Septem­ber.

Nancy Blake, from the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion of Spencer Court in New­burn, New­cas­tle upon Tyne, said no-one expected the block to be de­mol­ished, adding: “It’s a catas­tro­phe.

“I don’t think any­one is ex­pect­ing any­thing to come out of that build­ing in one piece. The res­i­dents don’t want to be here to­day. It’s too painful for them.”

MGL De­mo­li­tion MD, Mark Dav­i­son, said that work­ers would try their best to sal­vage res­i­dents’ pos­ses­sions.

Res­i­dents of the eight flats are cur­rently in tem­po­rary homes.

Nearly nine mil­ion gal­lons of wa­ter was pumped out of the es­tate af­ter the down­pours.

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