Repairs to a flood wall in County Durham begins

Work has started on repairs to a flood defence wall in County Durham.

The £25,000 project in Stanhope is being funded by the Environment Agency as part of a scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding in the area.

Recent inspections revealed repairs were needed to a stone wall that prevents water from the River Wear entering nearby properties.

This work will help to reduce flood risk to 12 properties at The Butts and Stanhope Caravan Park.

Environment Agency contractors are re-pointing the wall as well as digging down along the water side of the wall to check its condition below ground level.

This work is likely to take several weeks.

Environment Agency project manager Simon Eadington said: "By re-pointing the wall it will continue to act as a flood defence for many years to come.

"By carrying out regular inspections on all our flood walls across the North East we can make sure that they are in a good condition and providing protection to local communities from flooding. "

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