Fighting flooding in Carrville


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding is soon to begin on the outskirts of Durham City.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £500,000 to upgrade the surface water sewer network in Carrville.

The four-month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, April 27 2009 and reduce the risk of flooding to 54 properties in Filby Drive, Grinstead Way, Kinley Road and Wantage Road.

This is the first phase of flood alleviation work in Belmont and Carrville. It is hoped that other work in this area will begin within the next 12 months.

Residents in the area are invited to drop-in and find out more about the work at a customer information session being held on Tuesday, April 14 2009 between 2.00pm and 8.00pm at Belmont Parish Hall, Broomside Lane, Belmont, Durham, DH1 2QR.

Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “In times of extremely heavy rainfall the quantity of rainwater entering the surface water sewer network in this part of Carrville has resulted in flooding to some properties and land.

“This improvement work, which will involve upgrading 550 metres of sewer pipe, will reduce this risk of flooding. I encourage residents affected by the work to come along to the customer information session to find out more and discuss any concerns they may have.”

During the course of the essential work it will be necessary to have traffic management in place. A temporary road closure will gradually move along Filby Drive, Kinley Road and Wantage Road as the work progresses.

Construction traffic will need access to the sites where improvement work is being carried out and the site compound, located at the bottom of Kinley Road.

Residents in the affected areas will receive information about the work and an invitation to the customer information session in writing.

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Durham County Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

It is very unlikely that anyone from the water company will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Carrville area. If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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