Flood protection work continues

03 October 2014

Work is due to start on Monday (6 October) on the next phase of a major scheme to reduce the risk of flooding along one of South Shields’ best known streets.

Ocean Road, along with other areas of the region, was severely hit by flooding in 2012, highlighting a number of problems with the existing drainage system.

Since then, the Council and its partners at Northumbrian Water have been working together to reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

Northumbrian Water has built a storm water storage tank under the nearby North Marine Park to help reduce the risk of further flooding in the area. The £2.63m scheme was completed in the summer and diverts water away from the main Ocean Road sewer, which was at capacity even during times of mild rainfall.

Now the Council has invested an extra £1m into a project to drain additional surface water away from residents and businesses along Ocean Road, and in the Lawe Top area. This will increase the level of flood protection even further.

The works are expected to take around 22 weeks to complete and will include additional gullies, new manholes and new drainage pipes that will feel into the newly-installed flood alleviation tank.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “We are very much aware of the impact flooding has on people’s lives and the misery and disruption is causes.

“The extreme weather events of 2012 were exceptionally difficult times for our Ocean Road community. Since that time, we’ve been working to improve the situation for businesses and residents in the area and have already made significant progress with the new flood alleviation tank.

“It is never possible to guarantee an area will be flood free but this additional flood alleviation work, and the new storm water storage tank, will make a huge difference to one of the Borough’s worst hit areas.

“This is complex work to the drainage system but we will be doing our best to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. We thank local residents and businesses for their continued patience and understanding.”

To help maintain a safe working area, a set of temporary traffic lights will be installed on Ocean Road at its junction with Lawe Road and Henry Nelson Street.

For further information please contact:
Kaye Russell, Press Officer
Tel: 0191 424 7382
e-mail: kaye.russell@southtyneside.gov.uk

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