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UPDATE: Major road to Durham remains closed

UPDATE:

Drivers have been finding alternative routes as a major road between Sunderland and Durham remained closed off to traffic all weekend.

Police have now given an update on the A690 at Houghton cut, saying they're currently working with partners in order resolve the issue.

Westbound is still currently closed, but the Eastbound carriageway will be down to one lane and a speed limit of 10 to 15 mph.

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A major route into Durham from Sunderland remains shut this morning (Monday).

The A690 road has been closed throughout the weekend after the heavy snow fall made a section of the area impassable.

The road between the A19 and Houghton was closed off on Friday afternoon following a decision by Sunderland City Council and Northumbria Police.

There were fears a snow drift could collapse on the road with hazardous conditions in the area.

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Meanwhile after a visit from the "Beast from the East" Wearside is returning to normal and counting the costs.

Snow and icy conditions caused havoc on our region's roads and forced many businesses and schools to close.

Now many will assessing the damage both physical and financial.

We're being asked to use as little water as possible - because so many pipes have burst in the cold weather.

The NHS has also put out an urgent appeal for blood as donors cancelled appointments last week.

The RAF were called in to take emergency supplies to communities in Cumbria isolated by the severe weather.

Fellside, South Stainmore and Alston have been cut off for 5 days, and this morning a Chinook helicopter flew over the villages and dropped food and coal.

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