Work to help protect homes in Sunderland from flooding is to begin this week.
Northumbrian Water is investing £260,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Ryhope.
The improvement scheme, which will take up to five months to complete, will reduce the likelihood of five homes on Ryhope Street from flooding.
Ian Davison, project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the number of properties that flood in our region is one of our top priorities. Over the next five years we intend to invest more than £120 million to reduce this risk.
“This scheme will involve installing 260 metres of new sewer pipe and include the construction of two storm water storage tanks.
“The tank located in Nelson Street will hold up to 87,000 litres of wastewater and the one which will be built in the verge between Western Hill and Ryhope Street will hold up to 316,000 litres.”
During the course of the essential work it will be necessary to have traffic management in place. All dates are provisional and subject to change.
Nelson Street Full road closure - 4 April to 10 June 2011
Ryhope Street Rolling lane closure - 28 February to 27 May 2011.
Construction traffic will need access to areas where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, located in land off Black Road.
Residents are being reassured that everything will be done, through careful planning with Sunderland City Council, to keep disruption to a minimum.
Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100.
It is very unlikely that anyone from Northumbrian Water or their contractor, Lumsden & Carroll Construction Limited, will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Ryhope 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 further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.