Tyne & Wear

Flood scheme approved for Tyneside village

A major project to alleviate flooding problems for a Tyneside village has been announced.

The £640,000 scheme will help protect homes in the Broomy Hill Road area of Throckley, which have been hit by flooding during heavy spells of rain.

Northumbrian Water will install hundreds of metres of additional sewer pipes to take rainwater into specially constructed underground storage tanks.

Work is due to begin on 10 January and last for about six months.

Road closure

Graham Watson, project manager for the scheme, said: "We appreciate the distress that flooding causes our customers and tackling flooding across the region is one of our top priorities.

"Over the next five years, we intend to invest more than £120m to reduce this risk.

"A rolling road closure will move along Broomy Hill Road between 24 January and the end of June 2011.

"Construction traffic will need access to the area where improvement work is being carried out and to our site compound, in the park area off Broomy Hill Road."

Residents have been told traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum.

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