750 Hebburn homes at risk of flooding

washed out ... Lukes Lane estate residents during 2012s floods.

washed out ... Lukes Lane estate residents during 2012s floods.

MORE than 700 homes in Hebburn could be at risk of flooding, a town councillor has warned.

Coun John McCabe believes extra work needs to be done to streams and ditches in the town to improve drainage and help avoid the devastating effects of flooding.

He said: “Approximately 750 homes are said to be at risk in the Hebburn area.

“We have already had flooding issues in some of these areas, but the streets at risk include Kelly Road, Thirlmere Court, Grosvenor Crescent and the Lukes Lane area.

“Officers are pulling together a report on the flooding risks, which will be presented at the next meeting of the Hebburn community area forum.”

The warning comes after Hebburn ward councillors were given a briefing on the latest flooding risks facing the town at a pre-forum meeting.

Northumbrian Water, working with South Tyneside Council, last year launched a flood protection scheme in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn.

It is intended to safeguard streets such as Thirlmere Court, where some residents have seen their homes flooded several times.

Coun McCabe, vice-chairman of the council’s Hebburn forum, added: “We want everyone to be fully informed about the dangers of flooding in Hebburn.

“We are aiming to be proactive and are looking at relieving the water pressure at places where there are risks of flooding.

“For example, there is a burn which runs through Carr Ellison Park, and there could be scope to carry out work at such an area to reduce the flooding risks.”

A total of 400 homes in the borough were flooded in 2012 as a result of extreme weather on six separate occasions.

Council workers subsequently cleaned out thousands of gullies and carried out manhole surveys, as well as launching major anti-flooding schemes, including a £2.63m project intended to protect Ocean Road in South Shields.

A report on the flooding risks facing Hebburn will be presented at the forum’s meeting at the Iona Club in Station Road, Hebburn, on Monday, February 24, at 10am.

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