Repair work to flood banks damaged by tidal surge keeping road closed

The flood defence work underway at Greatham Creek/Tees Road
The flood defence work underway at Greatham Creek/Tees Road

WORK to repair flood banks that were damaged by the recent storms is progressing well.

Teams for the Environment Agency have been working to bolster defences at Seal Sands near Greatham that were hit by the tidal surge last month.

The scheme to create a permanent repair began on Monday, January 6, and the road has been closed to motorists since.

The work is due to be completed in around a week’s time if everything runs to schedule.

The Environment Agency worked round the clock in the run up to Christmas on a temporary repair after the coast was battered by stormy weather.

Seaton Carew Road reopened briefly after Christmas but it has been out of bounds for the last two weeks.

It has led to increased congestion for traffic heading out of Hartlepool on the A689 during rush hour.

The A178 road closure ends just south of the Huntsman Tioxide works entrance at Greatham.

The works can still be accessed from the north.

Planned roadworks on the A689 at Brenda Road have been suspended by Hartlepool Borough Council because of the flood works.

They are now due to take place in early February.