Work to start on flooding project to protect houses

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Nearly £1m is being spent to reduce the risk of flooding to some homes in the Wallsend area.

Northumbrian Water is investing £890,000 in the project following surface water flooding on Thunder Thursday four years ago and on other occasions.

Officials at the water company say the project will increase the amount of surface water the sewer system in the Bewick Park area can cope with during times of heavy rainfall.

The scheme is in response to problems experienced by residents at the entrance to the estate, whose homes were flooded on several occasions, including Thunder Thursday in 2012.

By increasing the surface water sewer capacity, greater volumes of water can be diverted away from the homes during times of heavy rainfall.

New surface water sewers will be constructed on Addington Drive and Middle Engine Lane, as well as in Addington Drive and Bewick Park.

The work will be complemented by increasing the capacity of an existing surface water sewer in Bewick Park, by installing larger pipes to replace the existing surface water sewer.

Work will be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s contractor, Mott MacDonald Bentley.

It will begin on Monday, July 11, and is due to be completed by the end of the year.

The company is working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact upon residents.

Traffic management will be in place during elements of the work, including temporary traffic lights and daytime road closures.

Northumbrian Water will keep residents informed of the timings and locations.

Project manager Kevin Fleming said: “Reducing the risk of flooding is a top priority for Northumbrian Water and this work will help to mitigate the potential of further problems for those residents who have been affected in the past.

“We are working closely with the local community to help them to understand what we are doing and what this means for them during and after the project.”