Page last updated at 13:50 GMT, Sunday, 9 May 2010 14:50 UK

Sewerage works to ease flooding outside Durham

Work is to begin on an essential flood protection scheme on the outskirts of Durham city.

Northumbrian Water is investing £1.3m to improve the sewerage network in the Gilesgate area.

The improvement work is to begin on Tuesday and will take up to seven months to complete.

Northumbrian Water has advised some roads will be closed during the works and traffic management measures will be in operation.

Residents will receive written information about the scheme.

People are also invited to a customer information session on Thursday between 1500 BST and 2000 BST at Belmont Community Centre, Sunderland Road, Durham.

Heavy rainfall

Northumbria Water said the work was essential as some homes had flooded as a result of heavy rainfall.

The work will involve upsizing 750m (246ft) of sewer pipe at Sunderland Road, Mill Lane and in the driveway of St Hild's College CE Primary School, to provide an additional 900,000 litres (197,972 gallons) of storm water storage.

Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water's project manager for the scheme, said: "We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers and reducing the risk is one of Northumbrian Water's main priorities.

"This work is part of an investment of more than £1.2bn between 2010 and 2015 to upgrade our vast water and sewerage networks."

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