The Met Office has scaled down its severe weather warning for the North East from amber to yellow but for some families, the worst of the damage could be yet to come.
A block of flats in Newburn, outside Newcastle, is close to collapse after flood waters washed away its foundations overnight on Monday.
Residents had to be evacuated to nearby Newburn Leisure Centre from the buildings close to Spencer Court on Mill Vale.
They included Rosemary Murdie who is 20 weeks pregnant and her sister-in-law who is 36 weeks pregnant.
An exclusion zone is in place as surveyors remain on site to assess the stability of the building.
Elsewhere at Morpeth in Northumberland, Chester-le-Street, Houghton-le-Spring and Dudley in North Tyneside, water levels have receded but homeowners now face the misery and expense of cleaning the mud and silt from their homes.
The A690 remains closed near its junction with the A19 at Doxford Park in Sunderland after a 15ft-deep hole appeared at the side of the road.
Motorists are advised to take extra care as driving conditions remain difficult.
On the East Coast Mainline, a near-normal service is running between Newcastle and London.
The Tyne and Wear Metro system is running to all destinations with no reported delays.
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