Essential work to reduce the likelihood of flooding in a Tyneside seaside town will begin next month.
Northumbrian Water is to upgrade its sewer network in Whitley Bay. The £190,000 scheme will begin on Monday September 5 2011 and will take up to four months to complete.
The utility’s project manager, Ian Davison, said: "We appreciate that experiencing flooding of any kind can cause distress and inconvenience. Tackling internal property flooding is one of our top priorities.
"In times of heavy rainfall two homes in Rockcliffe Gardens have suffered from flooding. To help reduce this risk, we are going to upgrade 127 metres of sewer pipe along sections of and in the lane at the rear of Rockcliffe Gardens and in a small area of Rockcliffe Park."
It will be necessary to have traffic management in place. Residents and commuters are being reassured by Northumbrian Water that they are working closely with North Tyneside Council to keep any disruption to a minimum.
||Traffic lights (single lane closure)
||Monday 5 September to Friday 30 September 2011
|Rear of Rockcliffe Gardens
||Road closure (between numbers 7 and 17)
||Monday 3 October to Friday 9 December 2011
The above dates are provisional and subject to change.
The water company is advising residents to be vigilant about anyone requesting access into their home. Representatives from Northumbrian Water and their contractor, Owen Pugh GDC, will not require access into peoples’ houses but may need access to manholes in private land.
Anyone with any queries should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0845 717 1100.
For further information, contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.