HUNDREDS of homes are set to get better flood protection thanks to an £8.1m scheme.
Homes in Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, will be better protected from floods as part of £46m in improvement work across the North-East announced by the Government.
A number of properties were flooded as a result of the tidal surge last December and this scheme, set to start construction in spring 2015, will help protect 351 homes and 32 commercial properties in Greatham South and Port Clarence.
The scheme is part of a national six-year £2.3 billion flood defence programme, benefiting Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Country Durham and Teesside. It is one of 116 schemes in the area getting the green light.
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, said: “Flood protection is vital and under our plans 116 projects across the region, including the new flood defence scheme in Greatham South and Port Clarence, will bring peace of mind to residents and businesses.”
Sea defences had to be bolstered at Seal Sands near Greatham after being hit by the tidal surge.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill paid tribute to the community spirit shown by businesses and residents following the severe flooding.