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Council teams tackle aftermath of Ciara and Dennis

Middlesbrough Council teams have worked round the clock over the last two weekends as violent storms hit the borough.

As Ciara and Dennis wreaked havoc across the UK, crews from the Council's environment and area care services went into action to keep roads, drains and gullies clear and residents safe.

And Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston today paid tribute to the teams' tireless efforts.

When Storm Ciara arrived over the weekend of February 8 and 9, the crews were out in the early hours of Sunday removing fallen trees and branches in Brookfield, Ormesby and Linthorpe.

Traffic signals at the junction of Park Road South and Marton Road were knocked down and had to be repaired.

As the rain intensified on the Sunday morning, crews dealt with more than a dozen floods and blocked gullies and becks across the town, replaced a dislodged manhole cover and repaired a dangerous pothole.

Storm Dennis brought further severe heavy rain last weekend, with the first flooding reports coming in at 6pm on Saturday and continuing throughout the night.

Teams cleared problems on the A66 westbound slip road, closed off a subway at Hemlington Hall and placed warning signs at other blackspots.

Over the two weekends, they attended and dealt with scores of incidents and call-outs, and the borough's road network remained free-flowing throughout.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "Working in the rain at 4am is the last thing most of us want to do but council staff have been out there - trying to keep us safe.

"Our brilliant workers rarely get the praise they deserve but I'd like to say a big thank you!"