Tyne & Wear

Sewer upgrade to ease flooding in Consett

Sewers in a County Durham town are to get a £700,000 upgrade to prevent flooding.

Northumbrian Water said the work will take three months and involve replacing 1,130ft (345m) of pipe in Consett.

The work will protect 15 homes on the town's Benfieldside Road, Surtees Place and Queens Way that have previously been flooded.

The larger pipes will hold an additional 11,800 gallons (54,000 litres) of storm water.

Brian Ford, the company's project manager for the scheme, said: "Although we appreciate there will be disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings."

A number of roads and footpaths will be closed during the work, which begins on 10 June.

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