A North East water company is investing more than £1.5 million to help protect homes from flooding in Gateshead.
From Monday January 5, 2015, Northumbrian Water will start work on three schemes in the areas of Lobley Hill, Whickham and Low Fell, costing £750,000, £286,000 and £500,000 respectively.
The schemes will reduce the likelihood of flooding to 15 homes around the areas of Ascot Crescent in Lobley Hill, The Cedars in Whickham and Stratford Gardens in Low Fell.
Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd will carry out the works on behalf of the water company, which are expected to take up to four months to complete and will involve the installation of nearly 600 metres of new sewer pipe in total.
A 100m storage tank to store water in times of heavy rainfall will also be constructed in the highway of Stratford Gardens, Low Fell.
Graham Watson, Project Manager of the scheme in Lobley Hill, said "One of our top priorities is reducing the risk of flooding to our customer’s homes and businesses and with weather patterns changing we need to ensure we do this to be prepared for the future.
"We will do everything we can to minimise any inconvenience and are working closely with Gateshead Council to reduce the impact of the work. Work on this scale inevitably requires temporary road closures, traffic lights and diversions while the new sewers are installed but the contractors will inform residents one week before work is due to start in their area.
"These improvement schemes are just some of many that Northumbrian Water will be carrying out throughout the region over the next couple of years, to upgrade our vast sewer network and help to reduce the risk of properties flooding."
The following roads will be affected during the course of the work: Lobley Hill Road, Ascot Crescent and Victoria Road in Lobley Hill; The Cedars, Broadway and Sunniside Road in Whickham; and Stratford Gardens, Denewell Avenue, Heathfield Road and Dryden Road in Low Fell.
For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.
For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.