RESIDENTS in a flood-hit South Tyneside have welcomed the start of preventative works.
Homes off Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, have been blighted by flooding in recent years.
Couple Paula and Neil Maxwell, of Thirlmere Court, have seen their home washed out several times.
Their property was twice hit by flooding during last summer’s torrential downpours.
But work by Northumbrian Water has finally started on a flood protection scheme in the area, which has been prone to flooding for almost a decade.
New sewer pipes will be fitted in the area, plus an additional storm water storage pipe will be installed in Thirlmere Court. Mrs Maxwell said: “We knew there would be lots of disruption with this scheme, because of the nature of the work and because it’s in two phases, but we are willing to put up with the mess and disturbance, if the scheme works and prevents more flooding.
“Myself and my husband, our neighbour, John Martin, and other local people have been battling for anti-flooding works for eight years.
“And I would like to thank South Tyneside Council for helping to remove flood-damaged items from our home.”
A team from Seymour Civil Engineering Construction Ltd has been on site for a month, creating new sewer pipes and manholes in open ground between Coniston Avenue and Campbell Park Road and Grasmere Road.
The four-month scheme, which started on August 27, involves installing 300 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Windermere Crescent, Grasmere Road and the grass verge next to Coniston Avenue, while also fitting an additional storm water storage pipe in Thirlmere Court.
A spokesman for Northumbrian Water said: “The work has progressed well to date and we are on course to complete this first phase on time.”
Northumbrian Water is investing £150m in tackling flooding issues across the region.
Anyone with queries about the Hebburn scheme should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0845 717 1100 or visit www.nwl.co.uk