Embleton flood risk reduction


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding will begin next month in a Northumberland village.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £400,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Embleton.

The four-month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, August 20 2011 and reduce the risk of internal flooding to four properties at Woodsteads.

Work will involve building an underground storm water storage tank in a field south west of Embleton Tower to provide an additional 275,000 litres of storm water storage. In times of heavy rainfall water will be stored in the tank, until it can be returned to the sewerage network after the storm.

Brian Ford, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of property flooding is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities and this scheme will provide some protection from flooding for the future.”

During the course of the work some large deliveries are expected to the site and it will be necessary to close the B1339 between the junction with Stamford and Embleton from 5.00am to 8.00am on the following dates: Monday August 20 2012, Tuesday August 21 2012, Monday November 19 2012 and Tuesday November 20 2012. A signed diversion will be in place.

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Northumberland County Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or require special assistance 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. 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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