Tyne & Wear

Morpeth flood defences to get £14m upgrade

Plans for more than £14m flood defence work have been unveiled two years after a town was hit by flooding.

In September 2008, Morpeth's average monthly rainfall fell in less than 48 hours, flooding 1,000 properties and four electricity substations.

About £2.25m has been spent on essential work and repairs to reduce the flood risk from the River Wansbeck.

The Environment Agency is carrying out the work and is planning to build more flood walls in the town.

Senior flood risk engineer Phil Welton said: "A huge amount of work has been done in Morpeth since the floods of 2008.

"More still needs to be done though and we are continuing to plan the proposed flood defence scheme."

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