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Flood prevention work comes under scrutiny

RISK MANAGEMENT ... councillors are to discuss what can be done to prevent scenes like this in Ocean Road.

RISK MANAGEMENT ... councillors are to discuss what can be done to prevent scenes like this in Ocean Road.

SOUTH Tyneside’s flood protection programme will come under scrutiny next week.

A special report on the problem will be presented to South Tyneside Council’s place committee, outlining a range of flood-risk precautions being taken across the borough,

Committee chairwoman Coun Nancy Maxwell said: “Work is under way to provide increased protection in flood-prone areas right across South Tyneside.

“The place committee set up a scrutiny commission for flood risk management in 2010, and this has provided a basis for a lot of the good work that is going on now.

“This meeting is an opportunity for the council and residents to take another look at the progress we are making and to discuss priorities for the future.”

The council’s strategic flood group has carried out detailed surface water modelling and put in place a five-year action plan of mitigation measures.

Some 50 homes in Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, have had flood protection measures installed, and the council is also working with Northumbrian Water on a major programme to reduce the risk of floods hitting Ocean Road in South Shields.

The firm is investing £2.63m in the works.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday at 10am at South Shields Town Hall.

 

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