THOUSANDS of homes in Hartlepool and the surrounding areas are at risk of significant flooding.
Figures released by Friends of the Earth say there are 2,012 properties in the Hartlepool constituency area which are at “significant” risk of flooding, while a further 3,485 are at risk.
In the Easington area, 99 properties have been identified as being at risk, while just 13 are at significant risk of being damaged by floods.
The Stockton North constituency, which takes in Billingham and Wolviston, has 1,948 at risk properties, and 1,056 in significant jeopardy.
The Sedgefield constituency area has 549 at risk homes and 209 in the higher risk bracket.
The Friends of the Earth group, which has been analysing data provided by the Environment Agency, is concerned climate change will make flooding more widespread.
Friends of the Earth North-East campaigner Simon Bowens said: “Flooding is devastating for anyone that is affected by it and as a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
“Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.
“Prevention is better than cure, so it’s also vital that the Government redouble efforts to stop climate change becoming worse.”
The Mail reported yesterday how Hartlepool Borough Council wants to install a set-back flood-defence wall on a 300ft stretch of the Town Wall, on Hartlepool’s Headland, in a bid to defend against overtopping, erosion and flooding of the 230 properties in that area which are classed as at risk.
The plans were first approved by the Environment Agency – which is funding the work – back in 2011 but officers have held further consultations with affected residents and made changes to the original plans including a new access ramp onto the Town Wall.
Work has also been ongoing at Greatham Creek after heavy rainfall caused it to flood.
An Army helicopter was drafted in to help boost its flood defences using winches to move tonnes of boulders from the sea front at Seaton Carew to the creek at Seal Sands, to prevent further flooding at Port Clarence after it was left underwater when storms hit. The defence work saw the A178 Tees Road closed for a number of weeks.