Partnership reducing the risk of flooding as work starts on scheme

Kevin Ridpath, from Capita's engineering team, looks at plans for Dudley with Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment.

Kevin Ridpath, from Capita's engineering team, looks at plans for Dudley with Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment.

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Work is due to start to help reduce the risk of flooding in one village.

A new culvert is being created to the west of Dudley as part of work between North Tyneside Council and its partner Capita.

Work started this week and the three-month programme will involve earthworks and the laying of new pipes that could cause minor disruption.

Water will be diverted towards the Seaton Burn, providing increased capacity to deal with high water levels in flooding events, which will give longer-term peace of mind for residents.

It is latest scheme in a £4.5m programme to deliver more than 50 schemes, overseen by the North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership – made up of the council, Capita, Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and emergency services.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “I am delighted that this work at Dudley is now underway to give residents greater peace of mind.

“We recognise that flooding is an extremely important issue for residents and businesses.

“I’m pleased that excellent progress is being made, not just in Dudley but also across the wider borough, to reduce the risk of flooding.

“The council and its partners are working closely together to make a real difference to how this borough copes with future extreme storm events.”

Other works underway or delivered include repairs to a culvert that carries an underground stream through Shiremoor; improvements to a culvert in Chicken Road, Wallsend; and a programme of works to check and improve where necessary gullies, manholes and carrier drains are needed on the Coast Road.

In addition to engineering solutions, a new network of volunteer community flood wardens are currently being trained and will be involved in the borough’s future response to any flooding incident.