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Work to ease flooding at cemetery
Work is about to start on a 300,000 scheme to ease the problem of flooding at a Teesside cemetery.

Drainage systems at Stranton Cemetery in Hartlepool are being upgraded and new drains and roads installed to serve a western extension of the site.

Steps are being taken to ensure that the work causes no disruption to funerals and that access is maintained to all graves at all times.

The project is to start on Monday and is expected to last 12 weeks.

The scheme follows an investigation which heard a number of residents had been distressed at finding family member's graves submerged after heavy rain.

Sylvia Tempest, Hartlepool Council's Environmental Standards Manager, said: "We recognise that finding a grave to be waterlogged is bound to be a very distressing experience for a bereaved person visiting the cemetery and that is why we are pressing ahead with this improvement scheme."

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