HOMES in Newcastle remained on the brink of collapse last night after floodwaters gouged out the ground beneath the building.
The four-storey block at Spencer Court, Newburn, looks set to tumble into the river of floodwater that destroyed its foundations.
Meanwhile, looters broke into nearby KB Cycles and stole bikes worth £20,000 from the shop while roads were blocked by water and silt.
Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with the break-in and have stepped up patrols.
Shop owner of KB Cycles Keith Bradley said: “They’ve taken high value cycles which retail for around £1,500-£2,000 each – around ten to 12 cycles. I’m going to employ my own security guard.”
Last night neighbours told how they fear for the safety of their homes as they faced another night in temporary accommodation after the flood.
Sasha Proud and Michael Langdown fear they may never return to their ground-floor flat. Mother-of-two Sasha, said: “If that building does go down it will disconnect the gas and piping and it will cause a massive explosion and that could take out our flat too.
“We loved it there. It was so nice and great too for the kids to go down to the river to play. If you look at the location you could just never guess that it would flood. It’s all still feeling very unreal.”
The couple and their two children, aged six and three, were evacuated to a hotel when the estate first flooded two months ago.
They then moved to Blakelaw in Newcastle, and were waiting for the greenlight to move back in.
Sasha, who works in B & M store in Blakelaw, said: “We aren’t in the block over the water but we do feel completely connected to it all. Our landlord who owns the flat has been in touch . We just need to get inside now to see what damage has been done.
“We keep planning to go back then something else happens.”
The couple were one of a dozen families who were evacuated when an underground culvert collapsed, flooding the five year old estate in July.
Around 100 residents of Mill Vale were also evacuated and 20 people spent the night in Newburn Leisure Centre unable to return home.
At the village’s High Street, more than 1,000 tonnes of debris and mud swamped the road and up to 30 businesses causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.