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4 February 2013, 07:37
An area of Gateshead prone to flooding during extremely heavy rainfall is to benefit from a £190,000 flood protection scheme.
Northumbrian Water's improving the sewerage network around Ashtrees Gardens and Valley Drive in Low Fell.
The two-month scheme starts today (Monday 4th February) and will involve installing 45 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Ashtrees Gardens and Valley Drive.
Graham Watson, project manager for the scheme, said:
"Reducing the risk of property flooding is one of Northumbrian Water's top priorities.
This is one of dozens of improvement schemes we will be carrying out throughout the region, over the next couple of years, to upgrade our vast sewerage network."
It will be necessary to have traffic management in place during the course of this essential work.
Ashtrees Gardens will be closed to motorists from Monday 4th February to Friday 29th March and a lane closure will be in place on Valley Drive during the same period.
Construction traffic will need access to the sites where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, at the junction of Ashtrees Gardens and Valley Drive.
Customers who require further information should call Northumbrian Water's customer centre on 0845 717 1100.
Northumbrian Water will not need to gain access into customers' homes while the work is being carried out in Gateshead and residents should be vigilant of bogus callers posing as officials from the water company.