Investment will reduce Perkinsville flood risk


Northumbrian Water is investing £800,000 in sewer upgrades and renewal to reduce flooding in North West Durham.

The project will tackle problems caused during heavy rainfall in Perkinsville, Ouston, with work starting on Monday, July 25th. Completion of the project is expected before the end of the year.

The essential work, which is being carried out by Northumbrian Water’s contractor ESH-MWH, will take place in Front Street, Conway Place, Lyne Close, Monument View, Ouston Villa and Ouston Springs Farm.

Temporary road closures will be in place on Conway Place and Monument View at times during the project. Residents whose homes will be directly affected by the traffic management will be kept informed of the dates by our site team.

Northumbrian Water is working with Durham County Council to minimise any inconvenience.

Resident Karen Ross, who lives in Front Street, said: "In the past, the drains haven′t been able to cope with rainfall, so the water collects in the road and is sprayed over the house when traffic passes the home. This has often resulted in water getting into the house so, for the past 16 years, I′ve dreaded what will happen whenever it has rained. It is great that Northumbrian Water is doing this work because it will reduce the anxiety caused when it rains."

Ian Cunliffe, Northumbrian Water′s project manager, said: "Reducing the risk of flooding is a priority for Northumbrian Water. We know the heartache and problems this causes and that people in Front Street have been affected, so this work will help us to reduce the likelihood of it happening to them again in the future."

For more media information, contact Paul White on 0191 301 5325.

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