Work to reduce the risk of property flooding is soon to begin in a County Durham village.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £150,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Thornley.
The ten-week improvement scheme will begin on Monday, April 20 2009 and reduce the risk of flooding to properties on Roseberry Crescent and Shinwell Crescent.
Simon Bligh, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers and so reducing this risk is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities.
“This improvement work, which will involve constructing 70 metres of new sewer pipe along Roseberry Crescent and upsizing 60 metres of existing sewer pipe on Shinwell Crescent, will reduce the risk.”
During the course of the essential work construction traffic will need access to the two roads where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land next to Thornley County Primary School. Access to the compound will be through the Gore Hill Estate.
Residents in the affected areas will receive information about the work 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 www.nwl.co.uk.
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 Thornley 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.