Essential work to help protect nine homes in Washington from flooding is to begin on Monday, January 13.
Northumbrian Water is investing £900,000 to upgrade the sewer network in Oxclose Village. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Lumsden and Carroll, is expected to take about four months to complete.
The scheme involves the construction of a large underground storage tank capable of holding up to 1,050 cubic metres of storm water – enough to fill 12,500 standard baths – and 70 metres of new sewer pipe.
It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place during the course of the work. This includes temporary traffic lights on Raby Road from Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 7 and a footpath closure, between Chipchase and the Ox and Plough public house, from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, May 2.
Construction traffic will need to access all working areas and a temporary site compound located in the car park off Raby Road. The lower part of the car park will remain open for public use.
Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding is one of our top priorities. Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings.
"We are working closely with Sunderland City Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to customers.”
Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Lumsden and Carroll will need access to homes in the area while the work is being carried out.
Anyone who requires further advice or has any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.