Flooding schemes alleviate major disruption in North Tyneside

Efforts to prevent major flooding in North Tyneside have been hailed a success by council officials.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 19 June, 2019, 11:43
The suds ponds at Briar Vale, Monkseaton, doing their job.

Downpours across the north east over three days last week caused a number of problems in the region and further afield, with some seeing more than a month’s worth of rain recorded in one day.

But North Tyneside Council says residents avoided the worst issues as flood alleviation schemes did their job and highways teams responded to clear roads and drains and gullies.

Sandbags were deployed to locations to reduce the risk of flooding to property and infrastructure.

Since ‘Thunder Thursday’ in 2012, North Tyneside Council has invested £4.5m in 40 flood alleviation schemes to protect homes and businesses.

One of these was the recently-completed Murton Gap project, delivered by the council’s partner Capita, which is designed to manage the flow of surface water from fields around Shiremoor, Monkseaton and Wellfield.

During last week’s bad weather the council received no reports of flooding from any residents in the area.

The Killingworth Lake scheme, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, which is still being completed, saw the new storage basins were used and reduced the impact of surface water flooding.

However, Monkseaton High School closed for four days after part of the building was damaged by floodwater