Scheme aims to reduce risk of flooding

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Nearly £2million is being spent to protect homes in North Shields from flooding.

An eight-month scheme will see 750 metres of existing sewer pipe upsized to help reduce the likelihood of flooding to homes in Burt Avenue and Front Terrace, in Chirton.

A storage tank, capable of holding 750,000 litres of water in times of heavy rainfall will also be constructed in Collingwood playing fields. The work will be carried out by Lumsden and Carroll.

Northumbrian Water will begin the £1.75million programme on Monday.

Ian Davison, project manager, said: “We’re doing a lot of work across the region to help reduce the risk of flooding to our customer’s homes and businesses.

“We know how devastating flooding can be so upgrading our vast sewer network is one of our top priorities in order to be prepared for the future.

“Inevitably, there will be some temporary road closures while we access the sewer pipes in the highway, but we are working closely with North Tyneside Council to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Roads affected during the work are Front Street, Silkey’s Lane, Burt Avenue, Heaton Terrace and West Percy Road.

For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.