28 September 2015
Efforts to reduce the risk of flooding on a South Tyneside estate have been praised by residents.
People living on the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow saw their homes flooded three years ago but a major scheme is currently underway to help prevent a similar incident happening again.
A £2.5m project which involved upgrading the surface water drainage system on the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow was completed earlier this year. Now, thanks to £800,000 from the Environment Agency, South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water are building new sustainable drainage systems at or near Fellgate Primary School, Rochester Square, St Joseph’s Primary School, Lawnsway, Durham Drive (East), Lincoln Way and Durham Drive (West).
As part of the works, a pond will be created on the playing fields of St Joseph’s School, and another at Fellgate School, creating educational focal points for both schools. Other works ongoing are the creation of swales, dry detention areas and improvements to the local highways drainage which will further help to reduce the surface water flood risk in the area.
Local man Alan Metcalfe who lives at The Glade on the estate has been so delighted by the works that he contacted the Council to pass on thanks.
He said: “We have been awaiting the work anxiously for the past few years.
“A lot of other councils up and down the country have just washed their hands of this issue but South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water have done a great job. The work has progressed very well and the project has been carried out very sympathetically and really looks good. Everybody agrees the work has been fantastic.”
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “The extreme weather of 2012 caused a great deal of upset and anxiety for many local residents.
“We felt it was important to help those people affected and, while we can never guarantee that an area will be flood free, these measures do give local people on this estate an additional level of protection.”
A spokesperson from Northumbrian Water added: “We appreciate the devastating impact flooding can have on residents and businesses and it’s our top priority to try and reduce the likelihood of it happening again.
“With weather patterns changing we are seeing an increase in flash flooding and we need to be prepared for the future. This improvement scheme is just one of many that Northumbrian Water is carrying out throughout the region over the next five years, to upgrade our vast sewer network and help to reduce the risk of properties flooding.”
Retired BT engineer Alan, 64, added: “Being flooded is an awful experience. We had to take up our carpets and bring in dehumidifiers.
“Hopefully this work will mean we will never be in the same position again.”
Caption: Alan Metcalfe, his wife Viv and Councillor Tracey Dixon
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