Mutli-million flood defences hailed as Jarrow weathers the storm

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A multi-million pound project to protect flood-hit homes on a South Tyneside estate has been hailed a success – after weathering the barrage of torrential rain that has battered the borough.

Flood defence systems set up by South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency on the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow – which bore the brunt of extreme weather in 2012 – have stood 
firm in the face of days of persistent and heavy rainfall.

It is such a relief and offers peace of mind for people on the estate

Councillor Geraldine Kilgour

Delighted ward councillor Geraldine Kilgour says the drainage scheme has given embattled residents vital respite from the elements.

Over recent months, South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water have been building new sustainable drainage systems around the Fellgate estate thanks to an £800,000 cash injection from the Environment Agency.

The overhaul followed a £2.5million upgrade of the sewer network last year.

Coun Kilgour, ward member for Fellgate and Hedworth, said; “It is such a relief and offers peace of mind for the people who live on the estate.”

Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “While we cannot guarantee any area will remain flood free, these measures will help to reduce the risk and give people and property in this area some extra protection and reassurance at times of heavy rainfall and extreme weather.”

Weather woe is set to stretch on, with Met Office experts forecasting more heavy showers and rainfall over the weekend.