£200,000 plan to tackle flooding

A £200,000 anti-flooding scheme is being launched in Hartlepool.

The month-long work will start on Monday, July 23, to protect 10 homes from flooding in the town’s Winterbottom Avenue.

The work will be carried out at a pumping station on West View Road.

The announcement comes after the country has been battered with some of the highest rainfall on record and residents in Wingate hit out after their homes were flooded for the eighth time this year.

Contractor Seymour (Civil Engineering Contractors), will carry out the work.

Ian Davison, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “We understand the distress and upset that flooding causes and we are investing more than £120m between 2010 and 2015 to help reduce the risk of flooding from our sewer network.

“Work will involve installing new sewer pipe within the grounds of our pumping station located on the A1049. During the course of the work construction traffic will access the pumping station site via the A1049

“Residents should be reassured that, through careful planning, we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Bosses say it is unusual for Northumbrian Water, or their contractors, to require access into peoples’ homes at any time.

But Northumbrian Water may need to access manholes on private land.

If anyone has any queries, now or during the work, they should call the company’s customer centre on 0845 7171100.