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WORK to alleviate flooding problems has been slammed as a “complete waste of public money” by a senior councillor.

In 2011 the Environment Agency (EA) worked with Hartlepool Borough Council to create two flood storage areas on the beck near Valley Drive, in Hartlepool, at a cost of £110,000 in an effort to prevent flooding in that part of town.

Bosses at the EA and council said the sheer volume of water in recent days exceeded the capacity of the storage ponds which were intended to prevent flooding of homes. They added that they can never “eliminate” the risk of flooding.

But Conservative group leader Ray Wells has hit out after the road and gardens in Valley Drive suffered heavy flooding.

Today we ask: Are Hartlepool’s flood defences good enough?