Washington flood investment

23.10.2013

Residents of a Washington suburb are to welcome news that a £700,000 scheme to reduce the risk of flooding will soon be underway.

Northumbrian Water has announced it is to start work next month in the Concord area, where 13 homes have previously flooded in times of heavy rainfall.

The four-month project, which begins on Monday November 11 2013, will involve installing 1.2km of new sewer pipe at Tyne Gardens, The Drive, Coverdale Avenue, South Avenue, Glendale Avenue, Heworth Road and Inkerman Road.

The water company is also in the process of installing flood doors and barriers to protect the inside of properties on Coverdale Avenue and the neighbouring Coach Road Estate, and this work will soon be completed.

Loren Jennings, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We know how distressing flooding is for our customers and the news that we are finally ready to start construction around the Coverdale Avenue area will be a welcome relief to residents who’ve suffered from sewer flooding in the past.

“Schemes that reduce the risk of flooding can take many years of planning and design before we are able to start on the ground, but now we have a scheme in place we will do everything we can to complete the job as quickly as possible.”

It will be necessary to close sections of Tyne Gardens, The Drive, Coverdale Avenue, South Avenue and Glendale Avenue at intervals while the work is being carried out. Temporary traffic lights will also be in place on Heworth Road, from The Drive to Inkerman Road between November 2013 and January 2014.

Residents living nearby will receive detailed information in writing before the work begins.

Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located at the junction of Tyne Gardens and Don Gardens.

Customers with queries about the work should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

It is unusual for anyone from Northumbrian Water to require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in Washington. Customers should be vigilant of bogus callers claiming to be from the water company.

For more information contact Leanne Stronach on 0191 301 6733.

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