A SOUTH Tyneside couple are looking forward to the start of work to keep their home dry after being repeatedly hit by floods.
Paula and Neil Maxwell, both 48, saw their home in Thirlmere Court, Hebburn, washed out on Thursday, June 28, last year.
Their initial hopes of returning to their home soon afterwards were dashed when it was hit by a downpour again in August.
The couple had been beset by flooding problems for years before that, prompting them to lead calls for works to stop homes in Thirlmere Court being left awash.
Now, Northumbrian Water is set to start work on Tuesday, August 27, on a scheme to protect 21 homes in Hebburn, including the Maxwells’ house.
Mrs Maxwell said: “We are delighted that the anti-flooding works will eventually start this month.
“At least 21 properties where we live have been hit by both internal and external flooding several times, and this scheme is long overdue.”
Apart from an additional storm water storage pipe being fitted in Thirlmere Court, the scheme will see the installation of 300 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Windermere Crescent, Grasmere Road and in the grass verge next to Coniston Avenue.
Residents can find out more about the scheme at a customer event being held between 1pm and 7pm on Tuesday at Hebburn Lakes Primary School, in Campbell Park Road.
Mrs Maxwell added: “It’s very important that people go along to the open day, to find out what the scheme involves, and how it will affect local parking, access and so on.
“Neil and I, and our neighbour John Martin, have been campaigning for eight years for these works, and we hope they provide the protection we need against future flooding.”
The anti-flooding works have also been welcomed by Monkton ward councillor Jim Sewell.
He said: “I know that people like Paula and Neil Maxwell have gone through the misery of seeing their homes flooded several times, and I welcome this scheme.”
Road closures will be in place during the works. For details, call Northumbrian Water’s customer care centre on 0845 717 1100 or visit www.nwl.co.uk