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Works aim to reduce flood risk in Gateshead

Work is to begin on improvements aimed at reducing the risk of homes flooding in Gateshead.

Northumbrian Water said it was investing £600,000 to improve the sewerage network in the Coldwell Park Drive area of Felling.

The work, which is due to get under way on Monday, will take up to four months to complete.

Four homes in Coldwell Park Drive have flooded after heavy rainfall caused problems with the sewerage system.

Brian Ford, project manager for the scheme, said it was part of "dozens" of improvement schemes the company was carrying out throughout the region over the next couple of years to upgrade the sewerage network.

He said new sewer pipes would be installed along Coldwell Park Drive, Coldwell Lane and in open land to the north of Coldwell Park Drive.

He added: "We will also be building a storm water storage tank in this land, which will store 315,000 litres of water in times of heavy rainfall, to be returned to the sewerage network afterwards."

During the course of the work, two-way traffic lights will be in operation in Coldwell Lane, from the junction of Falla Park Road to the Bay Horse public house, for four weeks.

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