FLOOD prevention works costing £1.6m will get under way in South Tyneside later this month.
Starting on Tuesday, May 27, the work is intended to reduce the threat of flooding to 20 homes in Jarrow.
Northumbrian Water’s seven-month scheme will include 400m of new sewer pipe being laid along Wuppertal Court, Croft Terrace and Borough Road, plus a new storm water tank being built in the field next to Jarrow Cross Primary School.
Similar schemes, but bigger, are already under way off Campbell Park Road in Hebburn, to protect homes in Thirlmere Court, and at Ocean Road in South Shields.
The latest works come after properties off Croft Terrace were hit by flooding in 2012.
Efforts to reduce flooding in the borough will also involve the water board working in partnership with South Tyneside Council.
One kilometre of new piping, carrying only surface water, will be constructed to drain 15 new surface water gullies to be installed by the council in Albert Road, York Street, Kent Street, Hurworth Place, Wuppertal Court, Croft Terrace and Borough Road. A 685m clay-lined basin will also be constructed in a field near Jarrow Cross Primary, and this will hold rainfall in extreme weather conditions.
Once the rainfall subsides, the water will drain back into Northumbrian Water’s sewer network.
The inlet and outlet pipes connected to the basin will be screened, to prevent debris from entering sewers.
Chris Bond, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding in an efficient and sustainable way, to ensure we are prepared for the future, is one of our top priorities.
“This scheme is testament to the importance of, and our commitment to, working in partnership with our other agencies, including local authorities, to achieve this.
“Constructing the surface water basin demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to preventing surface water entering our sewer network, which is a crucial element in our efforts to tackling flooding.”
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for business and area management at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the residents who live in this area, and further demonstrates the commitment of all agencies to help reduce flood risk for residents of South Tyneside affected by the flooding of 2012.
“Working together and in partnership is essential to reducing flood risk, and South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water are showing how this should be done.
“This scheme will build on the property-level protection measures installed by the council to homes in Wuppertal Court, as well as the additional surface water gullies installed recently.
“It is yet another example of partnership working for the benefit of our residents.”
Properties directly affected by traffic management will be notified about access and parking restrictions in advance.
More information about the work is available from Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100, tweet@nwater_care or at www.nwl.co.uk