Scheme to tackle flooding to begin


Nearly half a million pounds is to be invested to reduce the risk of flooding to homes near Sunderland.

Northumbrian Water will begin the £470,000, four-month programme of work in Houghton le Spring on Monday November 3 2014.

Contractor Lumsden & Carroll, part of the Esh Group, will construct the scheme on behalf of the water company, which will reduce the likelihood of flooding to properties in Grasswell Terrace, Blind Lane and Gertrude Street.

Chris Austin, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, explained how the scheme will help. He said: “With weather patterns changing, we need to ensure we are prepared for the future. We will construct a buried storage tank under a field to the north of Blind Lane which will hold up to 135,000 litres of water in times of heavy rainfall.

“Then along Gertrude Street we will introduce surface water separation measures. This is better for the environment and means that less rainfall will join the combined sewer pipe, lessening the amount of water in the sewers and in turn reducing the likelihood of sewer flooding to properties, one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities.”

Work will also involve the installation of 75m of new sewer pipes along Blind Lane and Grasswell Terrace.

Temporary traffic management will be in place along these streets during the course of the work, and construction traffic will need access to all working areas, including the site compound which will also be located off Blind Lane.

For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.

For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.

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